Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa will highlight hate crime and its impact on community relationships when he joins residents for a multicultural commemoration event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The Police and Crime Commissioner will attend the Quad in Market Place, Derby, on January 26 for a celebration evening featuring performances from a host of international communities that have found sanctuary and safety from persecution in Derby.
The event is one of a series of activities planned by The Holocaust Memorial Day Working Group 2017 which will lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on January 27.
Mr Dhindsa said: “The tragedies of Auschwitz and other horrific genocides are all born out of hatred, mistrust and intolerance. The brutality of the past must always serve to remind us of the violent and destructive power of hate on any level and help us to learn the lessons of history so that they are never repeated.
“I warmly welcome the opportunity to commemorate this occasion and to highlight the challenges hate crime poses to community unity today.
“By coming together in this way, we strengthen community relationships and send a powerful message of hope and togetherness in the true spirit of Holocaust Memorial Day.”
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27 every year and asks people to take time to reflect on the horrific events during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and other global genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in which millions of people were murdered.
During the celebration evening, which takes place between 7.45pm and 9.15pm, the winners of a young people’s poetry competition will be presented with prizes.
There will also be powerful testimonies on the traumatic impact of genocide on second and third generation victims and a range of community presentations.
Other events during the week include a screening of the 2016 Oscar and Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Son of Saul on January 23, an Evening of Yiddish Songs from the Holocaust at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby on January 24 and A Gay Holocaust Memorial Event at Derbyshire LGBT+ in Derby on January 25 incorporating a screening of the documentary film Paragraph 175 and an art exhibition.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Commemoration Evening is free of charge but booking is strongly advised. Please contact QUAD box office 01332 290606.
Media enquiries for the Commissioner: Sallie Blair 01283 821012
Posted on Friday 13th January 2017