Holocaust victims to be remembered by Stroud District Council

Published: Monday, 20 January, 2020

Victims of genocide will be remembered by councillors and officers at an event at Stroud District Council.

Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a national commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

The commemoration will remember the six million Jewish people who were systematically persecuted and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust; the Nazis’ other victims, including Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay people, political opponents and many others who faced persecution and death at the hands of the Nazis; and the millions of men, women and children, who have been murdered in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

At the council’s Ebley Mill headquarters, officers and councillors will gather for a ceremony to remember all victims of genocide.

Cllr Doina Cornell, leader of Stroud District Council said:

“As someone who lost family members in the Holocaust, this personally means a lot to me, and I’m glad as a council we can come together and mark this occasion with solemnity and respect for all those who suffered in these horrible events.”

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is the charity established and funded by the UK Government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in the UK.

More than 10,000 local activities take place all across the UK on or around 27 January each year. This year the theme is Stand Together.

More information can be found at www.hmd.org.uk

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