Published Tuesday, 14th January 2020

York will host multiple events throughout the city to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is remembered each year on 27 January, when Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated in 1945.

York’s official programme for ‘Stand Together’ has now been published and is available online at www.york.gov.uk/HolocaustMemorialDay.

The city-wide programme explores how genocide throughout history has fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, to speak out against oppression.

Residents and visitors are invited to attend a number of talks, tailored events, community projects and commemorations taking place in various venues throughout York.

On Thursday 23 January, York Minster will host the powerful 600 Candles event, a candle lit ceremony of commemoration and reflection from 6:15pm till 7:30pm.

This will be followed by the annual Civic event, which will be held on Monday 27 January at Temple Hall, York St John University, hosted by the Lord Mayor of York and Civic Party. 

The diverse programme of events also includes a Time for Reflection at St Martin’s Church, on Holocaust Memorial Day and Clifford’s Tower Commemoration,  on Thursday 16 March, to honour the 1190 massacre of York’s Jewish population; in addition to several events throughout January at the University of York and York St John University.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “York is proud to stand with others once again, to raise awareness and commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

“We are committed to honouring those who have lost their lives to genocide, and we hope to see both residents and visitors join us at the wide range of events, exhibitions and activities available throughout the city.”

York Holocaust Memorial Day Steering Group Chair, Michael Barrie, said: “At a time when ideologies of hate are on the rise around the world, we should remind ourselves of the consequences when unbridled bigotry takes over hearts and minds.”

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and national events, visit: www.hmd.org.uk

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