Published Monday, 25 January 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January and is a time to reflect on atrocities in the past and how we can all play our part in preventing future hatred and intolerance.

Be the light in the darkness

Here in Coventry we mark the day as we continue to strive to be a leading city in the promotion of peace and reconciliation around the world.

Due to the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, this year’s event will be held online and we encourage people to watch the commemoration and share our messages of remembrance, peace, love and tolerance.

The video will start with a welcome from the Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, followed by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands offering a personal view of the Holocaust, genocide, intolerance and his hopes for the future.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor John McNicholas, then reflects on Coventry’s long history of reaching out to other cities in war and peace and our leading role as a city of peace and reconciliation throughout the world.

Next, Coventry City Council choir perform Eli, Eli written by Hannah Senesh (a heroic young Jewish woman executed by the Nazis)

After that, representatives from the Coventry University Students’ Union reflect on how we can all use the teachings of the past to inform and help make our communities stronger and safer.

This is followed by children from Eden Girls school reading poems with the final words and lighting of the candle coming from the Deputy Leader of CCC, 

Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, said,

“Holocaust Memorial Day is always a very important event to Coventry and the people of the city as we are known throughout the world as a welcoming city of peace where people of all races and religions are welcome. Many of the people we have welcomed here have escaped persecution in their home countries and I am proud of the contribution and support we have made to help people make Coventry their new home.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor John McNicholas, added;

“I hope people will join us in this online commemoration event to remember and highlight the part we all can play in working towards peace, tackling injustice and help prevent future atrocities across the world.”

“I’m proud of the fact that Coventry is a city synonymous with peace and reconciliation right across the world, so hosting our own event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January remains an important date in the city’s civic diary.”

The online event can be viewed on the Council’s website and YouTube channel from 8am on 27 January 2021.

Light a candle and put it in your window at 8pm on Wednesday 27 January (if you are able to do it safely)

Holocaust Memorial Day was founded 21 years ago, when 46 governments committed to preserving the memory of those who died in the Holocaust. It is a day when we remember those who lost their lives during those dark times and subsequent genocides around the world and we tell their stories to make sure they are never forgotten.

But it is also a day when we look at our world today and the world we want it to be in the years ahead.

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day, please visit www.coventry.gov.uk/hmd and www.hmd.org.uk 



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