Prestonians encouraged to mark Holocaust Memorial Day virtually and ‘be a light in the darkness’

Posted on - 21st January, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Prestonians are being asked to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January

Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January.


The day is in remembrance of those murdered during genocides around the world.

This year, commemorations will be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) will be streamed live for the first time at 7pm on 27 January.

Households across the UK are being asked to join the ceremony to remember those who were murdered for who they were, and to stand against prejudice and hatred.

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Cabinet members for communities and social justice, Councillor Nweeda Khan, said: “In these unprecedented times, communities coming together can show the very best of humanity and what we’re capable of.

“Unfortunately, there’s also still an element of hatred and abuse in society, which we must stand up to.

“The theme ‘be the light in the darkness’ is a declaration and a call to action for everyone marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

“It asks everyone to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, calling out prejudice and challenging mistruths.

“We call on everyone across Preston to remember these atrocities and the lives lost by watching the live stream event, collectively in remembrance.”

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Jeremy Dable, a member of Preston’s Jewish community, said: “Be a light in the darkness for yourself and for others to see the world around you so that you may do justice, love mercy, and repair the world.”

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