Holocaust anniversary tree dedication

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Residents and visitors are invited to attend a tree dedication ceremony organised by South Derbyshire District Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Council’s Chairman, Councillor David Muller, will dedicate a Bird Cherry tree at the Rosliston Forestry Centre on Thursday 30 January at 10.30am.

A memorial artwork created by a group of community members from South Derbyshire will also be on display in the reception at the Civic Offices in Swadlincote from Monday 3 February.

The banner, entitled ‘We Remember…’ was created over three workshops at People Express in Swadlincote, and saw participants working alongside artists Karen Herrick and Sarah Turner.

The Memorial Flame represents those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and the many who stood together to protect those in peril. It encourages people to stand together – both against persecution and wrongs in society and to stand together to remember those that were lost.

Councillor David Muller, South Derbyshire District Council’s Chairman said:

“This year Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 75th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.”

“Today there is increasing division in communities across the UK and the world. Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in our communities in order to stop division and the spread of identity based hostility in our society.”

“We encourage everyone to join us to reflect on the Holocaust and other genocides that have taken place since, in locations such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.”

To attend the ceremony, meet in the main foyer of the visitor centre at Rosliston Forestry Centre, Burton Rd, Rosliston DE12 8JX at 10.15am.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is the charity that promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Stand Together’

Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place in the UK since 2001 with more than 2,400 activities taking place across the nation on or around 27 January each year.

For more information, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day website: www.hmd.org.uk.

27 January 2020