Service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar and Mayor Joe Anderson will join faith leaders next week to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

On Monday 27 January they will lay wreaths at the memorial stone in St John’s Gardens in memory of all victims of persecution.

This will be followed by a special service at Liverpool Town Hall which will be attended by civic and faith representatives as well as members of the local community and will focus on the national theme for this year which is ‘Journeys’.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar said: “Holocaust Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

“We can honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experiences to inform our lives today.

“It is our responsibility to educate future generations so that they continue to remember the past, and help to build a safer, better future, free from such atrocities.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is also a time to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can grow if discrimination, racism and hatred are not challenged and prevented. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to start this process.

“I would urge everyone to use this as an opportunity for quiet reflection and to give thanks for all of those around the world who continue to fight and stand up against persecution and injustice.”

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool and Mayor Joe Anderson will be joined by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, Childwall Hebrew Congregation and Leader of the Opposition Party, Councillor Richard Kemp CBE.

Members of the congregation will be invited to light candles before the service. Chanita Rodney who travelled to England alone on the last Kindertransport out of Germany will lead the speeches followed by Gosia McKane, Director of Merseyside Polonia, and Gary Everett, Director of Liverpool Homotopia.

Students from King David High School, Liverpool College and Holy Name Catholic Primary School will speak about their projects relating to the Holocaust and victims of persecution.

King David High School Choir, King David Primary School Choir, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School Choir and the Liverpool Signing Choir will also be performing at the service.