Stockport supports Holocaust Memorial Day

Stockport Council supports Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27 January.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and during more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Libraries across Stockport will be creating book displays with information on the Holocaust and will be displaying posters to provide customers with information about Holocaust Memorial Day. People will also be able to access the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website www.hmd.org.uk - to learn more about the Holocaust and the Trust, via the free PCs available in every library.
A private civic commemoration is also planned to take place on Friday 27 January.

Councillor Helen Foster-Grime, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing at Stockport Council said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important time for reflection when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own. It's vital we help support learning and remembrance of the Holocaust victims and underline the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and all other forms of discrimination; prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.”

A private civic commemoration is also planned to take place on Friday 27 January and will be streamed live on the webcast pages for people to watch at home.