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Torn from home: Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Every year on 27 January, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day. This is the day identified to remember the six million plus Jews murdered in the Holocaust of 1939 to 1945, the millions of other people killed in Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Darfur.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council have supported this day since 2014 and will hold its commemorative event on Monday 28 January 2019. As 27 January falls on a Sunday, the switch to the Monday enables everybody to fully participate.

Torn from home is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 and aims to encourage audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call 'home' is a trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council’s memorial event will allow a fitting opportunity to reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are persecuted out of their homes, because of who they are or because of the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.

All residents and staff working in the Borough are invited to the free-to-attend event and reflect upon these atrocities and join together in demonstrating our solidarity in building community cohesion and combating anti-Semitism, racism and hatred.

Borough Mayor, Cllr David Carter will open the event. This will be followed by readings of the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, and will be complimented with contributions of song, music and the spoken word from representatives of voluntary organisations, community groups’ representative of faith and belief, local dignitaries and young people.

The event will take place at Council Offices on Station Road, Wigston and will run from 5:00pm for refreshments with speeches starting at 5:30pm. The event will conclude at 7:00pm with songs delivered by the De Montfort University Gospel Choir and lit candles being laid at the base of an architectural candleholder representing doves of peace.

To reserve a place, please contact Oadby & Wigston Borough Council’s Community Engagement Officer: veronika.quintyne@oadby-wigston.gov.uk or telephone: 0116 2572648.

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