This Friday 26 January, Coventry is joining communities across the UK to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is “The Power of Words.” Words can make a difference – both for good and evil. The words that we see and hear all around us today – in newspapers, online, in conversations – the words that we choose to use, all have an impact upon us and those around us.
This free Holocaust Memorial Day event is taking place in Broadgate, starting at 12noon and is open to the public.
Holocaust Survivor Lore Napier will be speaking at the event. Lore came to Britain as part of the Kindertransport and will be telling her story.
We also have Toni Soni from the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre. Toni will be talking about their vital role in the city.
Coventry Peace Festival Poetry competition winner Emilie Lauren Jones will be reading poetry and music will be provided by the Performing Arts Service Brass Quintet.
Chief Executive of the Council, Martin Reeves, said: "Coventry has an incredibly diverse and multi-cultural society whose unity reflects our city's world-wide reputation of peace and reconciliation. We in the city have a proud history taking in and embracing refugees from all over the world. Please join us in Broadgate for this thought provoking event".
Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Skipper, added: "Holocaust Memorial Day highlights the terrible events of the past, to present and future generations. It is an opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and the effects they have on ordinary people like you and me.
We are playing our part by being here today in recognition of the millions who died during the Holocaust and more recent genocides. We also stand with survivors and give our thanks to them for their bravery in speaking out about their experiences”.
The event will finish at approximately 12.45pm, but people are then invited to the Lord Mayor’s Hospitality Suite in the Council House at 1.45pm to hear Lore Napier speak more about her experiences as a child up to the present day.
Please come and show your support.
Find out about the power of words and how you can play your part www.hmd.org.uk
For more information www.coventry.gov.uk/hmd