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26 January 2016

Council remembers the Holocaust

Holocaust

Cumbria County Council will be remembering the Holocaust this year with an exhibition that shows harrowing photos of genocide from across the world, a presentation and a short film from 11.00 am to 3.00pm on Wednesday 27 January in the Cabinet Briefing Room at The Courts in Carlisle.

The powerful short film features Susan Pollack, telling a unique story of a genocide survivor. This film is suitable for all ages and does not contain any graphic imagery.

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Don’t stand by’ we remember those who didn’t stand by and consider how we can make a difference today.

Genocides across the world are remembered during Holocaust Memorial Day: from Nazi persecution and the Holocaust to atrocities in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.

Cllr Ian Stewart, the county council's cabinet member for communities, said:

“It's important we learn from the past to create a better future. Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for us all to remember the millions of people killed under regimes of hatred or who have suffered atrocities.

“It is also a time to recognise that there are still people today who are persecuted because of their sex, race, gender and religious belief.

“Cumbria has welcomed and provided a safe haven for those who had suffered from the Holocaust and the Bosnian genocide.  In times of trouble the generous nature of people from this part of England, open their doors and hearts to sufferers.

“This exhibition, presentation and film highlight the continuing need for understanding between different cultures and I would urge people to take a little time to visit the exhibition, watch the film and hopefully inspire others to take action.”

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Cumbria County Council will be remembering the Holocaust this year with an exhibition that shows harrowing photos of genocide from across the world