Date Published: 

Mon, 09/01/2017
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A commemoration event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day is to be hosted by the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Members of the public are invited to attend the short ceremony which will provide a time to reflect on the Holocaust, to think about the lives of people marginalized and excluded from society. It will also be an opportunity to think about how to celebrate difference and create a culture of respect.

The UK played a leading role in establishing Holocaust Memorial Day as an international day of commemoration in 2000, when 46 governments signed the Stockholm Declaration – a commitment to preserving the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust. 

Councillor Alan Hale said: “The Council places great importance on marking Holocaust Memorial Day with an annual ceremony.  It is an opportunity for us to renew our commitment every year. For 2017 the theme is ‘How can life go on?’ – and, whatever the complexities of military and global politics, we must always keep at the forefront of our minds the individual people affected – men, women and children.”

The free event is open to all and takes place on Friday 27 January at 5.30pm in the Alkmaar Room at The Guildhall. Those wishing to attend should contact the Chair’s Office on 01225 394235 or email chairs_office@bathnes.gov.uk

More information about Holocaust Memorial Day can be found at http://hmd.org.uk/

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