Holocaust Memorial Day
Whilst Gwynedd Council has been involved in ceremonies to mark Holocaust Memorial Day for a number of years, the Covid-19 regulations mean that attending such events is not possible for 2021.
However, the need to mark Holocaust Memorial Day has never been greater, and provides an opportunity for communities to reflect on how we can all can make a better, safer future for everyone by learning from the past.
Chairman of Gwynedd Council, Councillor Edgar Owen said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the loss of life by genocide during the Second World War and during later conflicts in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
“It is as important today as ever that we mark this important day to ensure that the horrendous crimes committed during the Holocaust and in more recent genocides, are neither forgotten nor repeated, whether in Europe or elsewhere in the world.”
Councillor Nia Jeffreys, Gwynedd Council Cabinet member who leads on equality said:
“Despite the restrictions of Covid-19, it is so important that we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We must continue to learn from the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own - it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.
“Recent global events have shown us that discrimination has not ended. Despite the atrocities of the past that we mark during Holocaust Memorial Day, the language of hatred or exclusion can still be heard in our communities.
“It is also important that we recognise that each and every one of us – here in Gwynedd just as much as people in other parts of the world – that there is still much that for us all do to stop the oppression and victimisation of people because of their race, beliefs, sexual orientation and so on.”
At 8pm on 27 January, households across the UK will be lighting candles and putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were and to stand against prejudice and hatred today.
You can show your support by uploading a photograph of your candle on social media using the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness
For the first time, and in keeping with social distancing guidelines, the UK ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day is fully virtual. Register here to watch the ceremony live at 7pm on 27 January.