Light a candle at home to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Coventry - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

Light a candle at home to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Coventry

PEOPLE in Coventry are encouraged to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday (January 27) by lighting a candle and placing it in their windows at 8pm.

This year’s civic commemoration will take place online and can viewed on the city council’s website and YouTube channel from 8am tomorrow (Wednesday January 27).

Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, Coun Abdul Salam Khan, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is always a very important event to Coventry and the people of the city as we are known throughout the world as a welcoming city of peace where people of all races and religions are welcome. Many of the people we have welcomed here have escaped persecution in their home countries and I am proud of the contribution and support we have made to help people make Coventry their new home.”

The video will include a personal view of the Holocaust, genocide and intolerance by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands.

The deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun John McNicholas, will speak about Coventry’s long history of reaching out to other cities in war and peace and its leading role as a city of peace and reconciliation in the world.

There will also be a performance of Eli, Eli written by Hannah Senesh, a young Jewish woman executed by the Nazis, sung by Coventry City Council choir, a reflection by Coventry University Students’ Union, poems read by pupils from Eden Girls school and the lighting of the candle

Coun McNicholas, said: “I hope people will join us in this online commemoration event to remember and highlight the part we all can play in working towards peace, tackling injustice and help prevent future atrocities across the world.

“I’m proud of the fact that Coventry is a city synonymous with peace and reconciliation right across the world, so hosting our own event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27 remains an important date in the city’s civic diary.”

Holocaust Memorial Day was founded 21 years ago, when 46 governments committed to preserving the memory of those who died in the Holocaust.

But it is also a day when we remember subsequent genocides around the world and tell stories to make sure they are never forgotten.

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day, go to: www.coventry.gov.uk/hmd and www.hmd.org.uk 

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