Deputy PCC to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

rows of lit candles in a dark room

Merseyside’s Deputy Commissioner will mark international Holocaust Memorial Day this Friday (26th January) at Liverpool Town Hall.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January each year, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as serving as an act of remembrance of all victims of the Holocaust and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is Fragility of Freedom.

Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “It’s vital that we continue to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering and honouring the millions who have lost their lives through genocide, while also renewing our commitment to promoting understanding and awareness of the dreadful atrocities that have taken place.

“It is an opportunity for us to ensure that the attitudes which led to these terrible acts are never repeated. 

“We are lucky to live in such a vibrant and diverse community here in Merseyside and I am passionate about making sure that the message is as clear today as it has ever been, that our region says no to prejudice in all its forms.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jeanie Bell said: “I’m honoured to be representing the Commissioner at this years’ service, paying tribute to the many victims of genocide around the world. We must spread awareness that hatred and prejudice have no place in our community and commit to making Merseyside a safe place for everyone.

“Remembering the past is crucial in ensuring we educate future generations and work towards eliminating racism, hatred and persecution from our society for good. “

DPCC Jeanie Bell will also be attending the unveiling of a memorial stone outside Huyton Municipal Buildings on international Holocaust Memorial Day (Saturday 27th).