COUNCILS in south-west Wales will join others by marking Holocaust Memorial Day. January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
Carmarthenshire Council will be joining the national #LightTheDarkness memorial by illuminating County Hall in purple this evening and encouraging people to light a candle and safely place it in your window at 8 pm – to remember and to stand against prejudice.
Council spokesperson said
“We are also very grateful to Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke BEM who once again is taking the time to speak with staff in our education department to develop a greater understanding and help us work with children through our schools to realise the dangers of hatred and bigotry, racism and prejudice.
As a council, we have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.”.
This year due to coronavirus restrictions Swansea Council held an online event and there were contributions from civic leaders, schools, community organisations, partner agencies and people from different faiths.
The theme for the 2021 Holocaust Memorial Day was ‘Be light in the darkness’.
Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said:
“The day is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the atrocities of the past but it is especially important for our younger generations to both learn about these despicable crimes and also to remember the millions of victims so their stories are passed down from generation to generation so they are never forgotten.