Thursday, 19 January 2012

Holocaust Memorial Week in Solihull

A service of remembrance to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will take place on Thursday 26 January, from 11am-12pm, at the studio theatre in Solihull Central Library.

This service honours both the survivors and tragic loss of life in the genocides of World War II and more recently in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) marks the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Irene Chamberlain, will open the service. Guest speaker will be Holocaust survivor Dr Martin Stern, who will be sharing his experiences and talking to borough school pupils about the importance of standing up to hatred.

There will be poetry readings by children, and prayers led by local Rabbi Yehuda Pink, leader of Solihull Hebrew Congregation based in Olton. The signing of a commemoration book in the library and a one-minute silence to remember those victims of the Holocaust will also take place.

Other activities during the week include an artwork display by young people in Central Library and Hobs Moat Library, and an event called Remembering the Holocaust being held at the Kingshurst Academy from 6pm on Wednesday 25 January.

Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Irene Chamberlain, says: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those who died or had their lives shattered by genocide, and reflect upon the lessons from the past. This year’s theme, Speak Up Speak Out, encourages us all to play our part in stamping out prejudice, hatred and fear. We must strive to make a world where understanding and respect for others replaces one of aggression and discrimination,” adds Cllr Chamberlain.

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day visit http://www.hmd.org.uk/

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