The Council has marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 (Monday, January 27) with a special event at 11am at its headquarters. 

A minute’s silence was marked as staff took time out of their busy day 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. 

The short memorial service was be led by Councillor Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion. Flags have also been lowered for the day as a mark of respect.

Services are also being held at schools, businesses and organisations across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

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. These dark moments in history must never be repeated and it is important that we mark 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.”

The main theme for this year’s global Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Stand Together’ and marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia. 

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Equality and Diversity Team is also visiting schools across the County Borough, talking to students about Holocaust Memorial Day.

Workshops are also being held at both Pontypridd and Cynon Valley Museum on Thursday, January 16, inviting community groups along to help create a Chandelier made up of 75 flames. 

This is being unveiled at a special Holocaust Memorial Day event taking place at the Cynon Valley Museum on Tuesday, January 28 (1.30pm). 

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. 

More than 1.1 million people were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau - with more than 90 per cent of the victims being Jewish. 

The 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day theme ‘Stand Together’ explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression.

In the years leading up to the Holocaust, Nazi policies and propaganda deliberately encouraged divisions within German society – urging ‘Aryan’ Germans to keep themselves separate from their Jewish neighbours.

The Holocaust, Nazi Persecution of other groups and each subsequent genocide, was enabled by ordinary citizens not standing with their targeted neighbours.

HMD 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – this is a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia. 

“Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good

Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe

Posted on Monday 27th January 2020

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