This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day service and events will unfortunately not take place due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, following discussions between the Borough Council of Wellingborough and the Wellingborough Holocaust Memorial Day Committee.
In recent years the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Wellingborough Museum, and a committee of volunteers have organised a string of events taking place across the borough to honour Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place annually on 27 January.
This day of remembrance brings communities together to mark the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi camp.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust will be hosting a virtual ceremony on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm and you can register to receive the link to the event at www.hmdt.org.uk
The Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Jon Paul Carr and Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths will pay their respects at a private event on behalf of the council in line with social distancing guidelines and current lockdown restrictions.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is ‘Be the light in the darkness’ and encourages everyone to reflect on the dark depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.
The Mayor of Wellingborough, Councillor Jon Paul Carr says:
“It is disappointing that we are unable to hold the memorial service at Swanspool Gardens, however we must think of the safety of us all during this time and adhere to Government guidance. Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and gives us all an opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and perished at the hands of the Nazis and also in more recent genocides. Marking Holocaust Memorial Day ensures that the horrendous crimes of racism and victimisation committed are never forgotten. Holocaust Memorial Day enables us to remember – for a purpose. It gives us 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.”