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Knowsley Council marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley Council is marking Holocaust Memorial Day, a national event to remember the six million Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust, as well as the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

On Wednesday 20 January, there will be a minute’s silence observed at Council.

The following week, on Wednesday 27 January, the Union Flag will also be flown at half-mast outside the Huyton Municipal Building and the Kirkby Centre to mark the national day of remembrance.

The theme for this year’s memorial day is ‘be the light in the darkness’. This theme asks everyone 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. You can find out how you can participate by visiting the Holocaust Memorial day website www.hmd.org.uk/ which includes details of  how to watch a live stream of a memorial ceremony.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “We stand united with people and communities across the UK to remember the many millions of people who have lost their lives due to prejudice, discrimination and racism. Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to reflect on past atrocities and come together to show our commitment to a peaceful society in which no-one faces hatred.”

This year’s participation in Holocaust Memorial Day follows Knowsley Council’s launch of the No More campaign. No More addresses global issues of inequality and discrimination, using its power as a local authority to make positive change in Knowsley for its residents.

Working closely with a number of organisations including the Youth Cabinet and Vibe, the No More campaign aims to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how it can be reported. It also explores the definition of hate crime and how it’s motivated by hostility or prejudice based on things including disability, sex, age, race, religion, transgender identity, and sexual orientation. You can read more about the No More campaign here.