Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th of January 2022

Date: 26/01/2022
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Holocaust Memorial Day


Whilst some Covid-19 restrictions means it has been harder to hold events this year, Gwynedd Council is urging residents to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.


It is as important as ever to note Holocaust Memorial Day – it offers an opportunity for communities to contemplate how all of us can build a safer, better, future for all by learning from the past.


Gwynedd Council Chairman, Councillor Simon Glyn said:


“Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those that lost their lives during the genocide of the Second World War and during further conflicts in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.


“It is as important today as ever that we note this day so that we ensure that the horrific occurrences of the Holocaust, nor the more recent genocides, are forgotten nor are they repeated – in Europe or anywhere else in the world.”


Councillor Nia Jeffreys, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member who leads on equality matters added:


“It is vitally important that we never forget the atrocities of the past. We must continue to learn from history and recognise that genocide does not happen on its own – it is a steady process to combat, correct and halt attitudes of othering, racism and hatred.


“It is important also for all of us – here in Gwynedd as much as the rest of the world – to recognise how much we can all still do to prevent the oppression and victimisation of people based on their race, beliefs, sexual orientation and so on.”


The Wales remembrance  ceremony will be broadcast live online at 11am, on 27 January here: www.youtube.com/cardiffcouncil.Then, at 8pm, homes across the UK are (if it is safe to do so) encouraged light candles and place them in their windows to remember those who were killed based on their identities and to make a stand against prejudice and hatred.


You can show your support by uploading a picture of your candle on social media using the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness.


For further learning and information regarding Holocaust Memorial Day, visit www.hmd.org.uk