Renfrewshire Council

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

The annual Holocaust Memorial Day event hosted by East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Councils was streamed on Facebook on Thursday 28 January.

The ceremony featured a survivor's story, highlighting the true horror of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The ceremony also featured music provided by East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire school pupils, a prayer and an opportunity to light a candle in your own home in memory of all those who were murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is 'Be the light in the darkness'. It 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.

If you missed the event you can watch it in the video below.

East Renfrewshire Provost, Councillor Jim Fletcher said:

"We are home to Scotland's largest Jewish population and enjoy a wonderful relationship with the Jewish community, so marking Holocaust Memorial Day every year is something extremely important to all of us, even if we cannot do it in person this year.

It is truly harrowing to listen to the survivor stories but it is only right that we listen to them, never forget what they went through and help to ensure that it never happens again."

Renfrewshire's Provost, Lorraine Cameron said:

"We are living through unprecedented times and increasing levels of denial, division and misinformation mean we must continue to remain vigilant against hatred and identity-based hostility.

"This year's theme asks us to recognise the responsibility we have to listen to the experiences of survivors and become witnesses for them. Their experiences hold lessons for us all."


Published 29 January 2021