Standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Somerset County Council is supporting a Holocaust Memorial Day event to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The commemoration event will take place at St John the Evangelist Church in Taunton on Monday 27 January, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. A wreath will be laid during the event, along with music and readings and everyone is welcome to attend.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked by thousands of people who come together in schools, workplaces and public spaces. By pausing together to reflect on the appalling events of the past, those who mark Holocaust Memorial Day commit to creating a safer, better future.

This year’s theme, ‘Stand Together’, explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups. It also looks at how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours and speaking out against oppression.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

County Council Leader, Councillor David Fothergill, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day provides us with a time to reflect on our global and local past and look toward a stronger future. The theme of Standing Together will always be relevant and even little actions to bring people together can make a difference. Our event aims to provide a place for people to reflect and consider what action they will take in the future. “

The event is part of a national project, coordinated by the Holocaust Memorial Trust, which has seen community groups from across the country taking part in diverse activities.

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Chief Executive, commented: “This event in Taunton is an important part of the national picture for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. There are thousands of events taking place for this significant occasion, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

“Today our world often feels fragile and vulnerable, with widespread prejudice and the language of hatred needing to be challenged in the UK. Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in our communities to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.”

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day, visit www.hmd.org.uk