The Old Mining College Centre lit up to mark Holocaust Memorial Day
The Old Mining College Centre lit up to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

The offices of Burntwood Town Council have been lit up to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Old Mining College Centre was bathed in purple light to mark the day of remembrance.

A service of was also held at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

A spokesperson said:

“Six candles were lit in remembrance of those who suffered as a result of Nazi persecution, in the Holocaust or through subsequent genocides.”

National Memorial Arboretum spokesperson

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27th January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp during World War Two.

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  1. I want to share something I have just heard Judge Robert Rinder say in relation to the Holocaust: “It didn’t start with the death camps”. He went on to say that the persecution of the Jews started with hate.

    How wonderful if our society could learn from this wisdom and put an end to the hate currently being directed at many groups in our country. Here’s hoping our community can be inclusive and welcoming for everyone who chooses to make their home here.

  2. Cllr Sue Woodward’s idea, after seeing many buildings across the world are doing this. Burntwood Town Council is proud to be able to mark this important day, in a small way.
    Steve Lightfoot, Chief Officer, Burntwood Town Council.

  3. @ProfessorPineapple: Indeed, let’s hope that people here will put up a fight for our own democracy and not let any more rights and freedoms, and especially our human rights, be eroded by powerful people with their own agendas. It is quite incredible that more than three quarters of a century after the liberation of Auschwitz, we in Britain should need to defend universal human rights against moves to water those rights down. The current narrative involves convincing people rights are a bad thing because a handful of bad people might benefit from them – and so 67 million other people risk losing their rights just because we are told a tiny minority don’t deserve human rights. Divide and rule once again.

  4. Clare Sholl You are absolutely correct about the current narrative.
    A Tory, a migrant and a Tory voter are sitting at a table that has a plate with 12 biscuits on it. The Tory immediately takes 11 biscuits, turns to the voter and says, “That migrant wants your biscuit.”

  5. When I worked in the Middle East forty years ago, one of my Arab colleagues returned from holiday abroad and told me that one evening, as he entered his hotel lift one other person entered. That person was an Orthodox Jew, a person who he had been taught, was his enemy. As they rode up to their respective floors, at first there was an awkward silence, both of them avoiding eye contact. Then, as the doors opened, my friend’s ‘enemy’ turned, offered his hand and said, “good night, my friend”.
    He said to me, “We shook hands, and I didn’t hate him any more. We are just two humans.”

    Three words and a handshake is all it takes to destroy hatred…

  6. When I worked in the Middle East forty years ago, one of my Arab colleagues returned from holiday abroad and told me that one evening, as he entered his hotel lift one other person entered. That person was an Orthodox Jew, a person who he had been taught, was his enemy. As they rode up to their respective floors, at first there was an awkward silence, both of them avoiding eye contact. Then, as the doors opened, my friend’s ‘enemy’ turned, offered his hand and said, “good night, my friend”. He said to me, “We shook hands, and I didn’t hate him any more. We are just two humans.” Three words and a handshake is all it takes to destroy hatred….

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