Comment: Rugby councillor's heartfelt message for Holocaust Memorial Day

Rugby councillor Barbara Brown has written a heartfelt message calling on everyone to honour the victims of the Holocaust by standing firm against prejudice and hatred.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 4:52 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th January 2020, 6:57 pm
600 candles form a Star of David in Chapter House at York Minster to mark Holocaust Memorial Day last year, 2019. Credit: Alex Cousins SWNS.

Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK takes place of January 27 - the same day that, in 1945, saw Soviet troops enter Auschwitz.

This year's memorial day marks 75 years since that liberation.

Cllr Brown wrote: "On 27th January, the world will remember the innocent victims of the Holocaust.

"At least six million Jews, millions of Slavs and ethnic Poles, 9,000 homosexual men, 250,000 disabled people and 200,000 Gypsy Roma Travellers were ruthlessly murdered as a result of prejudice and hatred.

"This year, we commemorate 75 years since the liberation of the death camp Auschwitz - Birkenau, and sadly those 75 years have seen waves of the same prejudices create other tragedies, for example in Rwanda and Bosnia.

"Regardless of political or religious persuasion, we do the memory of those who were murdered a real disservice if we don’t stand firm against these prejudices and hatred wherever we meet them.

"So, as this very special Holocaust Memorial Day comes round on 27th January, we are remembering the words of Sir Nicholas Winton, who helped 100s of children escape Nazi Germany to safety.

"He said, 'Don’t be content in your life to just do no wrong. Be prepared to try and do something good.'

"Here’s to a kinder, braver future without fear of intolerance, inequality and bigotry.

"We remember the innocent victims of the Holocaust with reverence."