Wakefield Council supports Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021

26/01/2021, PR-9807

Wakefield Council is asking people to show their support for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on Wednesday January 27 2021.

The theme is of light in the darkness, to encourage everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to 'be the light' before, during and after genocide.

Organisers of HMD say survivors emphasise that any kindness, when surrounded by suffering, indifference, and persecution, is powerful. They also highlight that amongst the international community, there is a responsibility to shine a light on situations where people are persecuted and hold those responsible to account.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "On this day, I ask everyone to take time to reflect on what happened, and in times of conflict and where they see others mistreated or persecuted, to stand up for them, to show kindness, support, and understanding to the oppressed, and to be a light in the darkness."

Organisers of HMD ask people to consider different kinds of 'darkness', for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of 'being the light', for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

This year's theme asks all of us to recognise that the responsibility for genocide education and prevention does not lie only with survivors sharing their testimony. Their experiences hold lessons for all of us and it is vital that we listen to their experiences and become witnesses for them.

For information on how to support and mark HMD from home this year, visit Holocaust Memorial Day Trust | HMD Together