Cheshire East Council is to hold a service of remembrance to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
Cheshire East Council’s acting executive director of people Mark Palethorpe, Cheshire East Mayor Councillor Arthur Moran and Mayor of Sandbach Councillor Martin Forster will lead members of the public and civic dignitaries, representing communities from across the borough, at a Holocaust Memorial Day Act of Remembrance. It will be held in Sandbach Town Hall at 11am on Friday 26 January 2018.
The ceremony will include readings of testaments from survivors of genocide, musical performances by local pupils, the lighting of memorial candles and the observing of two minutes’ silence.
Mark Palethorpe said: “This ceremony will be a solemn occasion where the people of Cheshire East can join together, as a community, to bear witness, remember and say ‘never again’. I hope that people from across our borough’s communities will come along to take part in this important act of remembrance.”
Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place on the same date since it was introduced in 2001. January 27 was chosen as that was the date when the Nazis’ notorious Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.
The Holocaust resulted in the annihilation of an estimated six million Jews, two million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
Since 1945 there have been several other attempted genocides across the world – including Rwanda, Cambodia and Bosnia – and these are also commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day.
This is the fifth consecutive year the council has held an annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.