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Don’t stand by… Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

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‘Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.’ Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author

On 27 January, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) by remembering the millions killed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. We honour the survivors and reflect upon the lessons of their experiences to challenge hatred and persecution and prevent future atrocities.

The theme for HMD 2015 was Keep the memory alive and over 3,600 local commemorative activities took place – in public spaces, libraries, schools and universities, cinemas, prisons, workplaces and many more. In Wales there were more than 150 activities.

The theme for 2016 is Don’t stand by which aims to build on the legacy of HMD 2015, be forward-looking, and have a clear call to action in the present. It is an opportunity to consider our individual responsibilities not to be bystanders to hate crime and prejudice, nor to international threats of genocide.

If you would be interested in marking the day, however big or small, then the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) has a wealth of free resources for you to use. To find out more or contact the National Support Worker for Wales – Sally Richards by emailing [email protected]


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