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Council shines a light for Holocaust Memorial Day

Published on Tuesday, 26th January 2021

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are showing their support for Holocaust Memorial Day as usual, this year.

The council is lighting up Nuneaton Town Hall and Bedworth Civic Hall in purple on the day, Wednesday 27 January, and the Borough Flag will also be flown at half mast at the Town Hall to mark the day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an international commemoration designed to help people remember genocide – to help make sure the world does all it can to resist oppression.

The Day, which is co-ordinated by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. The international day is intended to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

It is held annually on 27 January to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council leader Cllr Julie Jackson said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day enables us to remember for a purpose. We have a responsibility to work for a safer, better, future for everyone. Everyone can step up and use their talents to tackle prejudice, discrimination and intolerance wherever we encounter them.

“We can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways and places – at home, in public, and online.”