HOLOCAUST Memorial Day was marked on Wednesday (January 27) with a service attended by members of Solihull Faith Forum.
The internationally recognised day commemorates the loss of life in the genocides of World War II and more recently in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
It falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, and 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of that day.
The service by The Solihull Partnership event, organised through the Solihull Faith Forum, included prayers led by Rabbi Yehuda Pink, signing of the Commemoration Book and a one minute’s silence. Dr Martin Stern, a Holocaust survivor, spoke at the event alongside the Mayor of Solihull Councillor Norman Davies and members of the Solihull Faith Forum, Rabbi Pink, Beryl Moppett, the Reverend Susan Height and Pal Singh.
Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Norman Davies, added: “Although this day is to remember the horrors of the past, we must not become complacent in thinking such atrocities have not and will not happen again. It is only through the lessons of the past, monitoring our own attitudes and speaking out about discrimination that we can hope to build a safer and inclusive society.”
Staff and students at The Sixth Form College also remembered the day with an event aimed at considering the way the Holocaust has been depicted in society.
Several students prepared reviews of Holocaust-related pieces and staff and students also watched a film and discussed what the Holocaust means to them.
Two history students are set to travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial in Poland, a prize for winning a Holocaust Memorial competition last year.
Amelia Ebdon and Joseph D’Urso won the competition with essays entitled, “Man is inherently evil, as shown by the recurrence of genocide in our world. Discuss.”
For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day, visit www.hmd.org.uk .