Posted on: Thursday 21 January 2021
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 takes place on the 27th of January and the theme for this year is, ‘Be the light in the darkness’.
Holocaust Memorial Day gives everyone a chance to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also how individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.
The ‘Be the light in the darkness’ theme asks us all to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, such as identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice, and different ways of ‘being the light’, by illuminating mistruths and togetherness.
To show the council’s commitment to commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, on Tuesday the 26th of January, the civic centre in Pontypool will be lit up purple and white. The Civic Centre in Ebbw Vale and Ty Penallta in Caerphilly will also be lit up.
As many people are spending more time at home, there are a few creative ways that you can commemorate HMD and raise awareness with your household.
Food often brings people together and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) has produced recipe cards sharing dishes important to communities targeted during genocide. The recipes are an engaging way of learning about cultures and commemorating the lives of people who were killed during genocide.
Cllr David Yeowell, Torfaen’s Executive Member responsible for Equalities said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is such an important day in the calendar which reminds us all that we are never too far from ‘darkness’. We hope that 2021 can offer us all an opportunity to ‘be the light’ by showing an act of solidarity and to resist darkness, wherever we may find it.
“We are encouraging children and family members to take part in a practical, fun activities that raises awareness about the Holocaust and genocide and the people and countries that have suffered. In addition to this. Our schools will also undertake activities and educational sessions with pupils, many of whom will be learning from home during this challenging time. Schools have been provided with easy read stories that explain the hardships and resilience of people during the Holocaust.”
The HMDT website is a great resource for teachers and parents who want educate their pupils/children to learn lessons from the past in creative, reflective and inspiring ways.
To get involved, have a go at the recipes and take a picture of your homemade dishes and use the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay #HMD2021 #LightTheDarkness to share with others.
There are a range of recipe cards you can explore and download from the HMD website