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COUNCILS HELP TO MARK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

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Councils up and down the country held events to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday....
Councils up and down the country held events to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday.

Events local authorities have organised to mark the day included:

Interviews by schoolchildren of holocaust survivors from Nazi concentration camps

Talks from those who helped survivors of Belsen and Auschwitz

A sharing of the experience from survivors of the Rwandan genocide

Plaque unveilings, poetry readings, tree plantings, art installations and the opening of books of remembrance

Remembrance services to commemorate other 20th Century Genocides

The launching of a 'One person can make a difference award'

A full detailed list of events across the country can be found here.

Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association, Jeremy Beecham, said:

'On Holocaust Memorial Day, councils across the country help to remember those who died and the countless others whose lives were scarred because of that horrifying period in history. Today provides an opportunity to remind ourselves what can happen to a society when anti-Semitism, or any other form of extreme and ignorant prejudice, is legitimised and tolerated.

'Remembering the victims of the Holocaust in different ways is a powerful reminder that we have to work together to ensure that such atrocities never happen again.

'As well as commemorating all victims of Holocaust and Nazi persecution, today is a time to remember others who have suffered from more recent atrocities, racism and all forms of discrimination.'

Note

The sixth Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls on the 61st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is intended to ensure that the horrendous crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust are never forgotten and that its relevance for each new generation is understood. This year's theme for the Memorial Day is 'One Person Can Make a Difference'.

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