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Knowsley Council marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

by Emily Maguire

On Saturday 27 January, Knowsley Council will mark Holocaust Memorial Day, a national event to remember the six million Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust. The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

During acts of reflection, the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur will also be remembered.

As a sign of respect, the Union Flag outside the Huyton Municipal Buildings and The Kirkby Centre will be lowered to half-mast on Saturday 27 January 2024, and the Greystone and Archway Road bridges will be illuminated in purple to ‘light the darkness.’

The Council will also be unveiling a memorial stone in remembrance of those impacted by persecution at 11am outside the public entrance to the Huyton Municipal Buildings.  There will be a short service led by the Chaplain to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, Canon Malcolm Rogers MBE and the service is open to all.

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 is ‘The Fragility of Freedom’. You can read more about this year’s theme here

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

“There is no space for hate here in Knowsley and I would encourage people to come forward if they experience or witness acts of hate in our communities. You can report it to a number of organisations including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, your housing provider or to Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team and together we will tackle it.”

There are many different and meaningful ways you can get involved and play your part to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

Reporting hate crime

If it feels like the situation could get heated or violent very soon or if someone in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

You can report hate crime online or call 101. If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person visit a police station, Merseyside Police can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting it to the police you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625 or email safer.knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk.

Reports can also be made and safety can be found at Merseyside Fire and Rescue stations across Knowsley and Merseyside. Providing there are fire officers on site, you can report any incident of hate crime here. If the fire station is closed and you need immediate assistance all fire stations have yellow phone boxes outside the building that will connect you to the emergency response control room.