27 January 2021

We are marking Holocaust Memorial Day with an online event

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on January 27 to mark the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp. The day remembers the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust in the Second World War and the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution, as well as subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur.

In previous years, Aberdeenshire Council has marked the day with different events, including services at Woodhill House or in local libraries. This year, although Covid-19 restrictions have prevented a physical coming together, we wanted to continue our marking of the day in other ways.

In a video from the council's Equalities Team, Aberdeenshire Council Leader Councillor Andy Kille and Councillor Ross Cassie are joined by two former pupils from Westhill Academy, to mark the day. The former students Ieuan Harries and James Marriner shared their personal experiences of visiting Auschwitz. You can watch it by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHoUXyYG6WQ&feature=youtu.be

Aberdeenshire Libraries are also supporting the day online via their website and social media, where you can access a presentation and further reading to continue learning about the Holocaust and genocides.

This year, the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is to ‘Be the light in the darkness’; a call to action for everyone supporting HMD to consider the different types of darkness that still exist in society today and the different measures we can take to be the light against it. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust will be hosting a national commemorative event online from 7-8pm tonight (Wednesday, January 27). We are encouraging everyone marking the day to light a candle at 8pm tonight, in memory of all those who were murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. More information is available by visiting: https://www.hmd.org.uk/uk-holocaust-memorial-day-2021-ceremony/

We remember them.