Holocaust Memorial Day

By on 23/01/2013 in News

This year's Holocaust Memorial Day will be commemorated at Birmingham's Town Hall on Sunday 27 January at 2pm. The free ceremony includes lighting candles of remembrance, speeches, poems, music, prayers and a short film screening.

Holocaust Memorial Day is part of an international day of remembrance where people across the world come together to pause, to remember and reflect on what we need to do to create a future free from the dangers of discrimination. The theme for 2013 is 'Communities Together: Build a Bridge’. Through this, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust aims to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in order to challenge hatred and discrimination in the UK today.

Doors will open at 1.30pm, giving everyone who wishes to attend a chance to light their own candles of remembrance before the proceedings. There will be poetry readings from Birmingham's Poet Laureate, Stephen Morrison-Burke and Birmingham's Young Poet Laureate, Claire Guest, and speakers include survivors from Auschwitz and Bosnia.

The ceremony will open with a welcome from Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council and will close with a Statement of Commitment introduced by the Lord Mayor, Councillor John Lines.

Sir Albert Bore said: “This year's event asks us to 'Build a Bridge'. It is a chance to remember those communities who have suffered and who are suffering as a result of hatred and persecution and work towards preventing discrimination in our own communities to create a safer and better future.”

The ceremony is organised by Birmingham City Council in conjunction with local communities and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. For the full programme, go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/holocaust-memorial or call 0121 303 3008.

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