Liverpool’s Lord Mayor is asking members of the public to light a candle in memory of 1,000 young victims of the Holocaust.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the Town Hall will put on a poignant display of A5 cards naming 1000 children, some as young as one year old, who were killed during the second world war.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan is asking the public to honour the memory of a child by selecting a name card and lighting a candle to remember that particular youngster.
The cards will be available at the Town Hall on Sunday 27 January, each carrying the name of a child, their place of birth and the date and place of their death. The Lord Mayor will also be lighting a candle in memory of a young child.
The Town Hall will be open for the lighting of candles from 10am to 4pm, anyone wishing to remember a young person but unable to get to the Town Hall can request a name to be chosen and a candle to be lit on their behalf by tweeting at @TownHallLpool, sending an email to: Town.Hall@liverpool.gov.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning the Town Hall to request a card on 0151 225 5545.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for quiet reflection and to remember those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. It is also an opportunity to bring together people from different communities and faiths.
“I would urge as many people as possible to adopt the name of a child and light a candle in their memory.
“Our responsibility and commitment to remember the past will help build a better future and ensure that such atrocities never happen again.”
There will also be two events on Monday 28 January to officially mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan will join Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg at a wreath laying ceremony in St John’s Gardens before a remembrance service.
The service, themed ‘Communities Together: Build a Bridge’ – will be held at Liverpool Town Hall and hosted by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, and Rabbi Wollenberg
Community and faith leaders will attend a remembrance service where a one minute silence will be observed and candles lit to remember all victims of the Holocaust.
During the service Mark King, who tragically lost his son Oliver last year will give a reading alongside Honorary Freeman of the City and founder of children’s charity, KIND, Stephen Yip MBE. There will also be additional readings from members of the Jewish Community; Mrs Sonia strong and Mrs Anita Canter.
The two special events will mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.