Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January encourages remembrance of genocide across the world.
The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Helen Kane has recorded a message to mark this important day.
The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, but we also remember the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. We know they learn more, empathise more and do more.
Holocaust Memorial Day theme this year is One Day.
Survivors of the Holocaust and of genocide often talk about the One Day when everything changed, sometimes for the worse and sometimes for better. Those who were targeted and persecuted held out for the One Day in the future when all their suffering would be over, hoping they would ‘all see the day of liberation’.
There is still much to do
Councillor Helen Kane said:
We’re very fortunate here in the UK, we are not at immediate risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future for us all.
We must learn from the past – so prejudice and the language of hatred is challenged by us all.
This year Epping Forest District Council will be supporting the Holocaust Memorial Day by lighting the Civic Offices in Epping purple.
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