This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day has encouraged Mancunians to ‘stand together’ in solidarity against all forms of division.
For the first time as a mark of unity the event was held at British Muslim Heritage Centre in Whalley Range.
Holocaust Memorial Day is particularly poinant given that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
As a result of the decreasing number of survivors still alive to tell their story, events such as this in Manchester have become essential in remembering and learning about tolerance for others beliefs, and ensuring the memory of all those who died is carried on into the next generation.
The event reflected upon the effect of deliberately marginalising certain groups and will highlight the important role ordinary citizens have in standing with their neighbours against all forms of prejudice.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “Manchester has a proud history and tradition of inclusion and is made strong because of the rich diversity found within our neighbourhoods.
“Events like Holocaust Memorial Day remind us that tolerance and acceptance is the glue that binds our society together. It is essential that we oppose division in any form, because everyone in our community should feel that they belong.
“The coming together of two minority religious groups, during such turbelent times, which has seen Anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia become embroiled in our politics, demonstrates true unity.
“It is vitaly important to remember how extreme divisions led to the persecution of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. We should all remember and learn from history that we must never allow such atrocities to happen again.”
If you would like to learn more about Holocaust Memorial Day follow Manchester City Council on social media or go to https://www.hmd.org.uk/.