The Council is marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 with a special event at Treorchy Library on January 31.
Open to the public, it will be a time to reflect on the atrocities of the worst time in world history in which millions of people were brutally killed at the hands of Nazi Germany, and the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
There will be a special presentation by students from Treorchy Comprehensive School, who have returned from an educational trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where more than 1.1 million people were murdered - with more than 90 per cent of the victims being Jewish.
Between 1941 and 1945, the Nazis attempted to annihilate all of Europe’s Jews. This systematic and planned attempt to murder European people is known as the Holocaust period.
By the end of the Holocaust, six million Jewish men, women and children had perished in ghettos, mass-shootings, in concentration camps and extermination camps.
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day global event is Torn From Home, which reflects on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or forced from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of violence, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994, and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia, which ended in 1979.
Councillor Maureen Webber, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Council Business, with responsibility for Equality and Diversity, said: “It is important that the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day. History must never repeat itself through marking such poignant events such as the Holocaust.
“We owe it to future generations to never allow such atrocities to happen again. We must learn from the past in order to create a safer, better future for ourselves and for those who follow us.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf is once again marking this occasion with the respect that it deserves.”
Holocaust Memorial Day was started by the UK Government in 2001 and takes place every year.
“I didn’t feel like I had a home after the genocide because everything was destroyed. I had no home at all. I had nothing” - Marie Chantal Uwamahoro, survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda.
- The Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration takes place in Rhondda Cynon Taf at Treorchy Library on Thursday, January 31 (12.30pm). All are welcome. This is a FREE event. No tickets are required.
Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2019