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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

 

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

 

At the age of eight, Bea Green witnessed the aftermath of the violent public humiliation of her father, carried out on the streets of Munich. Bea fled Nazi Germany in 1939, but this shocking incident left a lasting impact.

The treatment of Bea’s father was encouraged by Nazi law - because he was Jewish. Such persecution is unlawful here in the UK, but people still face discrimination because of their faith, sexual orientation, race or disability.

The film challenges us to think about how we can support those who face hostility today and create a safer society together.

To raise awareness of HMD 2017 and this year’s theme How can life go on? we are encouraging everyone to share our film and support those who face intolerance in our own communities.

Medway’s communities will come together on Thursday, 26 January 2017 in memory of the millions of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust and other atrocities.

The annual memorial service will see Rochester Cathedral filled with hundreds of people, including children from local schools and colleges.
Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMD) suggests a theme for services and this year’s theme is How Can life go on? The theme asks audiences to consider what happens in the aftermath of genocide and of their responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.

Candles will also be lit during the service to remember the victims. Members of the public are welcome to attend the service, which takes place at Rochester Cathedral, on Thursday, 26 January, from 6pm.

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and the events taking place visit hmd.org.uk or follow the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Twitter via @HMD_UK and the hashtag #HMD2017.