Holocaust Memorial Day - be the light in the darkness

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. 

The council is supporting the Brighton & Hove Holocaust Education Project in commemorating this year’s event, which will be online for the first time. 

A special one-hour programme will be live-streamed courtesy of Latest TV at 2pm and 6pm on 27 January through their website at thelatest.co.uk

Latest TV’s Yael Breuer will conduct interviews with Holocaust survivors and share stories and tributes from communal and public officials under the rubric of this year’s theme. 

The event is open to everyone. Simply watch Latest TV or visit the Latest TV website to access the live stream and for further information. 

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is the international day of remembrance for the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

HMD is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. 

This year’s theme - Be the light in the darkness - encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. 

We can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways and places – at home, in public, and online.

Standing against hate

Councillor Steph Powell, joint chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said:

“While we can’t meet in person this year, it is positive that we can come together to mark this very important annual commemoration.

“On Holocaust Memorial Day, we stand with our communities to commemorate the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and say – never again. 

“Holocaust Memorial Day also asks that we root out hate wherever we find it, and acknowledge the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution, and those murdered in genocides since, such as those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

“The holocaust must never be forgotten, nor must it ever be repeated. We must all learn the lessons from the past, and how harmful prejudice and discrimination is. 

“We do not tolerate hate in our city, and we support all of our diverse communities, including our faith, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled communities.

“We continue to work collaboratively with our community groups bringing people together, building tolerance and standing against hate wherever we find it.”

Find out more about HMD on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.