21st Mar, 2019

Play your part - call to get involved as Redditch remembers Holocaust

Correspondent 17th Apr, 2018

RESIDENTS and community groups are being given the opportunity to get involved with one of the borough’s most poignant annual events.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in January is marked by Redditch Borough Council and its partners each year.

It enables members of the community to come together to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed by the Holocaust and other subsequent genocides.

One of the aims of HMD is to ensure future generations are educated so such atrocities do not happen again.

As a result the council is planning ahead and calling for local residents, schools, organisations and community groups who would like to be involved in next year’s event to get in touch.

Redditch has seen speakers including Holocaust survivors Iby Knill, Simon Weston, Dr Martin Stern and Eva Clark, Bosnian genocide survivor Misrad Solakovic and most recently, Rwanda humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens.

In previous years the event has seen performances by local people, including borough first schools, the Kerala Cultural Association, Redditch Polish School and Redditch Community Gospel Choir.

Jonathan Cochrane, Arts, Events and Museums Manager, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is one of the most important events in our calendar and whilst it may seem early to be thinking about next January, we are aware that many schools and groups break up for the summer and we want to give them the opportunity to sign up to be involved in advance. If you are interested, please do get in touch.”

The 2019 event is on January 26.

To get involved, call 01527 534030 or email events@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

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