West Lancashire Borough Council Leader Councillor Ian Moran is asking people to take time on Holocaust Memorial Day to remember the victims of genocide.
Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, and also the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Councillor Moran said: “As a young serviceman I was stationed in Germany and visited the concentration camp at Bergen Belsen. This was an incredibly moving experience and I believe that Holocaust Memorial Day is an important day for us to take time to remember the victims of Nazi Germany and subsequent genocides.
“The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Don’t stand by’. The day marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and 2016 is also the 21st anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.
“The day gives us a chance to honour the survivors and look to our own lives and communities today. Genocide is a gradual process which begins when the differences between us are not celebrated but used as a reason to exclude or marginalise. By learning from the lessons of the past, we can create a safer, better future.
“This year’s theme urges people not to be bystanders to hate crime, but to challenge prejudice and discrimination if we hear it in our own communities.”
Councillor Nikki Hennessy, Mayor of West Lancashire, will attend Holocaust Memorial services in Chorley and Preston.
For more details of Holocaust Memorial events in the region please visit Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (external link).