Stockport Stand Up to Racism group launch Holocaust memorial event

Provided by The i The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Monument to the Holocaust Memorial

Provided by The i The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Monument to the Holocaust Memorial

Numerous commemorative initiatives will be online this year, due to the covid-19 pandemic, and new stolpersteine memorials will be unveiled in Rome and Milan.

There will be further contributions from the council's executive director of corporate services, Jane Burns and from Judith Hayman from the Northern Holocaust Education Trust.

Featuring readings, poems and music performances, Street will be joined by Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick MBE, who will be sharing her personal story. The service will be led by Cheshire East mayor, Councillor Barry Burkhill.

"Holocaust Memorial Day is therefore an important chance to remember all those, anywhere in the world, whose lives have been touched by such examples of people's inhumanity to others".

Established in 2005 by the United Nations to commemorate the day in 1945 that the survivors of Auschwitz were liberated by the Russian army, the initiative honours the memory of the millions of Jews - but also homosexuals, Romany people and others - who suffered persecution, deportation, imprisonment and genocide.

They include a talk by renowned historian Professor Aubrey Newman, who founded the University of Leicester's Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies, and video clips of local pupils from English Martyrs Catholic School and Madani Schools Federation talking about their research and experiences of visiting the notorious Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, in Poland.

These include trade unionists, disabled people, LGBT+ people, Roma and Gypsy people as well as the six million Jewish men, women and children. That is why The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, of which I am so proud to be Patron, has this year chosen the theme - Be the Light in the Darkness.

Cllr Browne said: "It is staggering to think about the atrocities that mankind has committed on people".

The council's virtual service will be on Wednesday from 11am-12pm This year's online event will be held on Microsoft Teams.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is also encouraging those marking Holocaust Memorial Day to light a candle and share a photo on social media with the hashtags #WMHMD2021 and #LightTheDarkness.

By observing a two minute silence, we will be joining thousands of others who come together all over the United Kingdom to remember the past and to consider the part which everyone can play in challenging hatred and creating a safer better future.

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