Mancunians encouraged to “be the light in the darkness” in this year’s moving Holocaust Memorial Day

This year's Holocaust Memorial Day is the 20th time the city has marked the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

For the first time the event will be done as a combined event with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) along with the 10 Councils of Greater Manchester. 

Holocaust Memorial Day is always a moving day but carries a reminder that there is always hope during the darkest of times. This year's theme seeks to inspire people to be the difference and ‘be the light in the darkness’.  

The event on Wednesday 27 January will be held online due to ongoing Government COVID-19 guidance. The event will take place from 10:00 am, members of the public are encouraged to follow the event online at http://facebook.com/mayorofgm or on YouTube.  

Those speaking at the online event include Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham; Rabbi Daniel Walker, who will be discussing this year's theme “be the light in the darkness”; Lord Mayor Tommy Judge and nine other Greater Manchester Mayor’s will be reading the Statements of Commitment. 

Lord Mayor, Tommy Judge, said: “Despite the fact we are still unable to come together in person to mark such an important day, it will not detract from the sense of unity this city will offer to many communities including our Jewish community.  

“Now, more than ever it is important to take the time to pause and to reflect upon what was truly a dark time in history. We must learn and remember that we as individuals have a duty to never let division and hatred root itself within our society ever again.  

“I would like to personally thank everyone that has been involved with this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, your commitment and drive will continue to be a force for good for future generations.” 

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Rabnawaz Akbar, said: "I am proud of the continued commitment to offer residents events such as Holocaust Memorial Day. Even in these difficult times, people will find the time to engage, learn and reflect on a truly difficult time in human history. 

“Manchester is a vibrant multi-cultural city, for many residents the Holocaust will evoke deeply personal sentiment. For others it might be the beginning of a steep learning curve about the importance of diversity and acceptance of others.”

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