Ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day this year, Telford & Wrekin Council will be holding a special ceremony at Telford Minster, on Friday 27 January, at 11am.

Ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

The event includes reflection from guest speakers including retired local GP and direct descendant of a Holocaust survivor Dr Eve Clevenger, as well as a candle lighting ceremony and a minute’s silence. Other speakers include Telford & Wrekin Council chief executive David Sidaway, Borough Mayor Raj Mehta, and Cllr Kelly Middleton, cabinet member for leisure, public health and wellbeing, equalities and partnerships.

Councillor Kelly Middleton (Labour), Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for leisure, public health and wellbeing, equalities and partnerships, said: “After several years of virtual meetings and pre-recorded events, I’m pleased we are able to get together in person this year to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, as we remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust and in genocides such as in Cambodia and Bosnia since.

“The theme this year, ordinary people, is particularly poignant, as we’re all ordinary people, yet our actions can have extraordinary impact. Millions of ordinary people were the victims of genocides, and many ordinary people also took part in them. Now it’s a time for us all, as ordinary people to think about how we can better challenge prejudice, stand against intolerance and hatred and speak out against persecution.”

The Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, Cllr Raj Mehta, who is also chair of Telford Interfaith Council, added: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for us, as a whole community, to come together and reflect on these terrible events. This event is open to the entire interfaith family and is very much about building bridges, which is vital to create cohesion and unity in our communities.”

The ceremony is open to all and tickets are free, but places are limited so must be booked in advance. The ceremony will also be livestreamed on Telford & Wrekin Council’s Facebook page, for people unable to attend in person.

That same evening, Telford’s iconic Southwater One building will be lit in purple as a mark of remembrance.

Following the ceremony, a special exhibition titled ‘British Rescuers’ will open at Southwater Library, showcasing the acts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. First shown in 2006, the exhibition highlights the actions of just a few of the heroes who risked everything to rescue people fleeing from the terror of Nazi persecution, such as Ida and Louise Cook who helped rescue 29 people from the terrors of the Nazi regime through their love of opera.

Tickets for the free event must be booked in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holocaust-memorial-day-ceremony-and-exhibition-tickets-516779129287

The event will also be live streamed from 11am, at www.facebook.com/TelfordWrekin

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day 2023,visit www.telford.gov.uk/HMD