STAFFORDSHIRE is set to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with events of Remembrance and reconciliation.
Monday, January 27 will mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp.
Various services, displays, lectures and other activities are planned to remember those who lost their lives during the Nazi Persecution and genocides throughout history.
Leader of Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkins, said: “Staffordshire stands together with the rest of the UK and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in marking this important occasion and anniversary.
“I’d encourage all residents to take time to remember those lives affected by persecution and genocide, whether that be by attending Remembrance events or engaging with educational materials to learn more.
“When communities come together and celebrate our diversity, we build a better future not just for Staffordshire, but for humanity.”
Among the activities taking place will be a Holocaust Memorial Day Chapel Service at the National Memorial Arboretum, the UK’s national centre for Remembrance, at 10:50 am on Monday (27 January).
Further events and activities taking place in the county can be found at https://www.hmd.org.uk/take-part-in-holocaust-memorial-day/activities and to find out about the day in general, head over to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website here.
County Council managed Staffordshire libraries are setting up Holocaust Memorial Day displays to encourage learning and reflection throughout the week.
Holocaust Memorial Trust Chief Executive, Olivia Marks-Woldman, said: “Staffordshire’s commemorations are an important part of the national picture for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. There are thousands of events taking place for this significant occasion, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
“Today our world often feels fragile and vulnerable, with widespread prejudice and the language of hatred needing to be challenged in the UK. Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in our communities to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.”
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