Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The council’s service will be hosted by the council’s chairman, Jonathan Kaye, and the main speaker, John Carr OBE, will talk about how his father escaped from the Łódź ghetto in Poland at the age of 13.
The event will be streamed on the council’s YouTube channel, EastHertsDistrict, from 6.30pm on Thursday 28 January.
The theme of HMD 2021 is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.
The council’s chairman, Jonathan Kaye, said: “This event will be slightly different this year as we will be meeting virtually, but in every other way it remains the same. It is a time to reflect on the atrocities of the past and to renew our endeavours to challenge stereotyping, reject discrimination and encourage diversity.”