Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January 2017, focuses on remembering what happened in some of humanity’s darkest days.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust created the memorial day in 2001 as a time to pause and remember those lost, and honour the survivors of these regimes.
South Wales Police has carried out a series of events each year to show support and raise awareness within our communities.
South Wales Police, Deputy Chief Constable, Matt Jukes said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important day, it allows us to stop, think and remember the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust and more recent genocides which have shocked the world. I have had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz with members of the Jewish community and on days such as this, I remember what I experienced and how I felt. My memories act as a reminder that everyone needs to work together to tackle all forms of discrimination and hatred that sadly still affect communities today.
“Throughout our force area, officers and staff are engaging with many local events to show support and raise awareness.”
Within Swansea, Chief Superintendent Joe Ruddy will be attending a ceremony at Bishop Gore School at the personal initiation of the Lord Mayor’s office. To mark the day, our Police Youth Volunteers have also put together a performance of the Tears for Fears track, ‘Mad World’.
Officers and Police Community Support Officers will be attending an event of the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare where local schools and organisations will be undertaking performances and poetry recitals.
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Lee Jones said:
“Working in partnership with organisations, charities and local groups we aim to promote Holocaust Memorial Day throughout our force area.
“South Wales is made up of diverse and dynamic communities, Holocaust Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate our unique qualities and remember those in the past who have suffered from persecution.”
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said:
“On Holocaust Memorial Day we honour the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and challenge ourselves to learn important lessons from their experiences in order to create a safer, better future.
“This year we have an unprecedented number of activities taking place involving people of all ages and from all walks of life, challenging us all to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.”
South Wales Police and South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner would like to thank the communities of South Wales for marking Holocaust Memorial Day and ensuring that those generations suffering is never forgotten.
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