Holocaust Memorial Day 2021
27 January 2021 marks 76 years since the liberation of the largest Nazi extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. As a result of this significant moment in history, Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual tradition, commemorating all the victims tragically killed during the Holocaust and of the genocides that took place in later years in Rwanda, Cambodia, Darfur and Bosnia.
The Holocaust took the lives of six millions Jews, in addition to those who posed a threat to Hitler's 'Aryan Race'. The events of the Holocaust changed civilisation, however despite the lessons learned in the years that followed, hate language, prejudice and antisemitism remain prevalent in today's society.
The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is "Be the light in the darkness", encouraging us to think about the various events which have shown darkness in humanity, whilst considering actions that can have positive effects, bringing the light to dispel the darkness.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, commemorative events will be held online, enabling us to virtually remember whilst continuing to protect each other and the NHS. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have created a variety of ways we can all get involved this year, including resources to mark the day at home and a UK Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony on 27 January from 7-8pm. You can find out more information on how to get involved here.
South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie said: "The events over the last year have been particularly challenging. Across the world, we are still seeing acts of division and hate and so it is it important that we take some time to reflect upon this year's theme of "Be the light in the darkness", and I am pleased that we can come together virtually to do so."
This year, we will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day virtually across our social media channels Facebook and Twitter.