Council to host Holocaust Memorial Day event

Visitors walk between barbed wire fences at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. Sign in foreground is an electric fence warning.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Visitors walk between barbed wire fences at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. Sign in foreground is an electric fence warning.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Members of the public are being invited to attend an event in the Guildhall on January 26, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The event starts at 10.30am on the 26th, the day prior to the official Holocaust Day on 27th and will continue through to lunchtime, and will include lunch.

Children at the barbed wire at Auschwitz.

Children at the barbed wire at Auschwitz.

It will be held in the Whittaker Suite, Guildhall,

Organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Community Relations Section, the reflective event will give attendees the opportunity to consider those affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

A spokesperson said: “The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Don’t Stand By’ so we hope to bring an inspirational element to the event; encouraging people to challenge racism, sectarianism, homophobia and all other forms of prejudice they may encounter.”

Encouraging the public to attend, Mayor Elisha McCallion said it was important that the Holocaust is remembered and that people can learn from it “as part of the work we are doing to improve community relations across our communities”.

Booking in advance is required and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Bookings can be made by phone, email to Niamh.scullion@derrystrabane.com or telephone 028 71253253.