Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to learn, says Equalities Champion and Depute Provost

Depute Provost and Equalities Champion, Councillor Connor McManus is urging local groups and communities to come together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27 January.

An international event

Cllr McManus said taking part in the international event is an opportunity for us all to learn more about the struggles of victims, families and communities affected by the Holocaust, when millions of people including six million Jews died under Nazi persecution, as well as more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Challenging hatred and prejudice

Cllr McManus said: “We can consider ourselves very lucky here in Midlothian that we don’t live under the immediate threat of genocide. However, we can’t afford to be complacent, we must all challenge prejudice and hatred to make the world a safer place.”

How to mark the day

Cllr McManus said the charity, The Holocaust Memorial Trust, offers free resources for local groups and schools to mark the day.

Free resources

He added: “There’s everything from book suggestions for local library groups to films and art projects.

Help end discrimination

“I’d ask as many local groups and individuals as possible to take advantage of all the great resources on offer to honour survivors and help end discrimination.

Show support

“Individuals too can show support on social media to share messages using the #HolocaustMemorialDay hashtag.”

More information

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, visit:

25 Jan 2023