[C]umbria County Council will be remembering the Holocaust this year with a photo exhibition depicting images of genocide from across the world, a presentation and short film which can be viewed between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Friday 27 January in the Conference Room at Cumbria House in Carlisle.
The powerful short film tells the unique story of a genocide survivor, and is suitable for all ages (it does not contain any graphic imagery).
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘How can life go on?’
The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations.
Genocides across the world are remembered during Holocaust Memorial Day: from Nazi persecution throughout WW2, 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 beliefs.
“Cumbria has welcomed and provided a safe haven for those who suffered the Holocaust and the Bosnian genocide. In times of trouble the generous people of Cumbria open their doors and hearts to sufferers.
“This exhibition, presentation and film highlights 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.”
Attendance is free and all are welcome between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Friday 27 January at Cumbria House, located on Botchergate in Carlisle.