Leicestershire residents are being invited to an online memorial event tonight (Wed, 27 Dec) to honour Holocaust Memorial Day.
The event will commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi extermination and concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945 and remember the tragic loss of life as a result of subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Those wishing to watch the national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, at 7pm, can register online, on the official Holocaust Memorial Day webpage
The county council has also worked closely with colleagues at Leicester City Council to develop a dedicated webpage for 2021, which hosts information on the proceedings and how the public are able to get involved as well as links to resources and local activities. The webpage can be viewed at www.leicester.gov.uk/holocaustday.
Leicestershire residents are also being encouraged to join others across the UK to bring light to the darkness by lighting a candle at 8pm and safely placing it in their window.
Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for people across the UK, regardless of their faith, age, ethnicity or identity, to reflect upon and remember those affected by genocide and persecution.
By doing so, we can learn from the past – as well as present-day situations, around the world and closer to home – to create a better, safer future for all.Person:Louise Richardson, Leicestershire county council cabinet member for equalities