THIS year’s Holocaust Memorial Day event will be held on Sunday, January 26 and will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp.
Guest speaker will be Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick, aged 90, who was recently awarded an MBE.
Ms Hornick, who was born in Czechoslovakia, has spent the last two decades educating young people about the Holocaust.
She hopes her MBE will help raise awareness of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia today.
The Birmingham resident said the award, for Holocaust education and commemoration in the West Midlands, ‘was a bit out of the blue’ but ultimately she felt honoured that her work was being recognised.
“With everything that is going on in the world today, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and other unacceptable things, I think it is extremely important to educate young people,” she said.
“There has been a terrible rise of all kinds of atrocities and it is crucial to teach young people to love each other and to appreciate each other’s faith and beliefs.”
This year’s event will see the procession leave the Town Hall at 9.30am for the Holocaust Memorial in Mercian Square
It will then return to the Town Hall where there will be performances by Redditch Community Gospel Choir, Redditch Kerala Cultural Association, Redditch Polish Youth School choir and readings by a number of guests.
At 11am Ms Hornick will deliver her talk and answer any questions.