A memorial event will take place at County Hall next week to remember those who died through persecution during the Holocaust.
The event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is open to all and will take place on Wednesday, January 27, in the Council Chamber, County Hall in Morpeth, starting at 6.30pm.
The ceremony will be introduced by the Northumberland young people’s group, Voices Making Choices, followed by contributions by school groups and the lighting of the Holocaust memorial candle.
The theme for this year’s national day of remembrance is ‘Don’t Stand By,’ to serve as a reminder that the Holocaust and subsequent genocides were allowed to develop as a result of bystanders turning a blind eye.
Coun Bernard Pidcock said: “It is of the utmost importance that we remember these shocking moments in history where far too many lives were lost because of unjust hatred and persecution.
“If we continue to remember, then there is hope that we can learn from it so that it never happens again.
“Since the Holocaust there have been subsequent genocides worldwide and this can only echo the fact that more needs to be done to raise awareness of how to recognise prejudice and how to stop it.
“Unfortunately in this day and age, remembrance events like this are more poignant than ever.”
Following the event, refreshments will be served at 7.30pm in the County Hall canteen.
Admission is free and will be by ticket only as places are limited.
To book a place contact Jacqueline Coxon on (01670) 624048 or by emailing Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org