R17009 Redditch To Remember The Holocaust

Residents are being invited to this year’s public Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event in Redditch.

Misrad Solakovic, a survivor of Bosnian atrocities, will be guest speaker at the event to be held at the town’s Ecumenical Centre on Saturday January 28.

The HMD event will start after the traditional procession from the Town Hall, which will depart at 10.30am to arrive at the Ecumenical Centre at 11am. The procession will stop at the town’s Holocaust Memorial Marker in Church Green at 10.35am.

Once at the centre short readings are scheduled from Karen Lumley MP, Anna Cardi representing local young people, the Mayor of Redditch Cllr Joe Baker, Gabriela and Daniel Zdanko for the Polish Youth Group, and Leah Joy and Nimisha Reji for the Kerala Cultural Association Redditch (KCAR), as well as music and dance performances by the Astwood Bank First School Choir, the Redditch Polish School and KCAR.

Then from 12 noon a talk by Mr Solakovic will take place between refreshments and performances by Redditch Community Gospel Choir, also in the Ecumenical Centre.

Cllr Bill Hartnett, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said: “Every year we come together as a community in Redditch on Holocaust Memorial Day to remember the lessons of the Holocaust, and other atrocities, to help ensure that they never happen again. Everyone is most welcome to join in. The theme running through this year’s event is ‘how can life go on’, which is about facing and coming to terms with those atrocities - and what all our responsibilities as may be.”

HMD itself is 27 January each year for, as stated by the HMD Trust, “everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.”

In the Holocaust 11 million people including six million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1941-45. It is the worst genocide in history.

For more on this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme go to www.hmd.org.uk.