TOUCHWOOD held a special ceremony to mark the Holocaust Memorial Day as Solihull took part in the national event on Tuesday.
Dozens of people filled in special ‘memory sheets’ in line with the theme of this year’s event ‘Stand Up To Hatred’.
The collection of testimonies will be now be kept as a permanent resource illustrating the effects of a range of harrowing experiences of people in Solihull today.
As Britain continues to diversify, the theme was chosen to encourage people to focus on the attitudes and behaviour towards others, in particular people of ethnic minorities.
Displays also took place in libraries across the borough including Chelmsley Wood and Solihull.
One survivor of the Holocaust, Paul Oppenheimer MBE, gave an insight into his profound experiences in his testimony ‘From Belsen to Buckingham Palace’ which was published in 1996 and is available at Solihull libraries.
Mr Oppenheimer lived in Solihull for much of his life until his death in 2007.
In the book he says: “One cannot imagine the filth, the fear, or the horror of those years which are, thankfully, behind us.
“It is a world which, though we hope it will never be witnessed again, we must nevertheless try to understand.”
The ‘memory sheets are available from the displays in the libraries or from the Solihull Council website at: www.solihull.gov.uk/heritage.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) commemorates the tragic loss of life in the genocides of World War II, in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
HMD is held on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
For more information on HMD and why it is so important, visit the website at http://www.hmd.org.uk/genocides/the-holocaust/