As this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day service and events could not take place due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, The Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Jon Paul Carr and Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths paid their respects at a private event on behalf of the council in line with social distancing guidelines and current lockdown restrictions.
The Mayor of Wellingborough, Councillor Jon Paul Carr said: “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.”
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.hmd.org.uk/uk-holocaust-memorial-day-2021-ceremony/.
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.