Residents and community groups are invited to attend the annual Hull Holocaust Memorial Day virtual service to honour and remember victims of the Holocaust.
The national Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked with a special ceremony taking place online on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm. At 8pm, households are encouraged to light candles.
This year’s theme focuses on ‘be the light in the darkness’ and encourages people to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.
‘Be the light in the darkness’ is an affirmation and a call to action. This theme invites people to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.
Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Lynn Petrini said:
“We hope that local residents and community groups are able to join us on this occasion to remember and challenge the hatred and persecution that exists in the world. Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides that have occurred throughout this century.
“The utterly unprecedented times through which we are living currently are showing the very best of which humanity is capable but also the much darker side of our world as well.
“We can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness.”
Hull City Council will fly the flag on the Guildhall at half-mast and will be lighting up city centre buildings in purple as a mark of respect.
The service is free to view, just register here.
[Jenny Langrick – Hull City Council]