Merseyside's Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner will be joining events in Liverpool to remember all those who lost their lives during the Holocaust and through genocide around the world.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Cllr Emily Spurrell is today attending a Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration service held by Merseyside Unite Against Fascism at Liverpool Central Library.
While tomorrow (Friday 25th January), the Commissioner will unite with the Lord Mayor and faith leaders at a special service at Liverpool Town Hall, during which a series of poems written by local people will be read out.
This year’s events mark the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and the theme is ‘Torn from home’, which encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a space place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.
Three poems written by young and old have been chosen to feature in the service tomorrow, which takes place at the Town Hall at 11am.
There will also be music and a presentation from King David High School Choir, and prayers read by members of the Jewish community.
Jane said: "The service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day is always a solemn event providing an important opportunity to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, through Nazi persecution, and in genocides around the world.
“I was very fortunate to travel to Auschwitz with a group of Liverpool schoolchildren in 2009, organised by the Holocaust Education Trust. I will never forget the walk from the station platform to the gas chambers. Never.
“The Memorial Day is an occasion that reminds us all of the need to continue to fight against hatred, injustice and persecution today.”
Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Emily Spurrell said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for us all to reflect on the evils of the past, but also to renew and reaffirm our commitment to challenging acts of hatred carried out today.
“We all need to strive to learn the lessons from those darks days and remain vigilant against discrimination, racism and prejudice in our communities, particularly at this time of deep divisions in our own country and across the world.”
Lord Mayor, Councillor Christine Banks, said: “It is vital that on Holocaust Memorial Day we not only remember the millions who died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, but also the impact that hate crime and prejudice is still having on people from all walks of life to this day.
“At a time when our world seems more divided than ever, we must redouble our efforts to keep reminding people that there is far more that unites us and that we are one human race.”
Holocaust Memorial Day is always marked on January 27th, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
Find out more at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust here.