Plans in place for Holocaust Memorial Day

‘SPEAK up, speak out’ against intolerance - that’s the theme and message organisers of next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day want to get across.

The event, which commemorates those who died through Nazi atrocities, has been marked by East Dunbartonshire Council every January since 2007, and coincides with activities in local schools.

‘Speak up, speak out’ has been chosen as next year’s slogan, encouraging people to challenge intolerance.

The council has invited the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to hold a workshop in Kilmardinny Arts Centre, Bearsden, on Wednesday, October 12, to encourage other organisations and individuals to commemorate the day.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie, who has taken part in the authority’s commemorations over the past few years, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important event for the Council in its equalities programme each year. Our schools and other council services rightly explore the atrocities that have taken place in the past and remind us of the consequences of some of the disgraceful regimes which have tragically taken place in history.

“Over recent years, the council’s commemorations have raised awareness of the responsibilities we all have and the action we all can and should take to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with dignity and respect.

“The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 asks people to think about the rights, responsibility and duty everyone has to speak up when we see or hear something which we believe to be wrong.

It challenges people to learn about what happens when we don’t speak out and what can happen when we do use our voice.

Charlie Lewis, a Holocaust Memorial Day Outreach Officer who will speak at the workshop, said: “We are delighted to be attending the workshop and are grateful for the ongoing support of East Dunbartonshire Council.

“On Holocaust Memorial Day, hundreds of thousands of people come together in events up and down the UK, to remember the past and consider the part they can play in creating a safer, better future. I hope that event organisers in the area will come along to the workshop and find out more about all the resources available which can help them to mark the day.”

At the October workshop, organisations and individuals will have a chance to hear more about the 2012 theme and how to use it within their own commemorations and activities.

Those attending will receive training in event organising and planning, as well as meeting others who mark Holocaust Memorial Day in East Dunbartonshire and surrounding areas.

It takes place from 1:30 till 4.30pm, and entrance is free. To register to attend, contact the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on 0845 838 1883 or e-mail enquiries@hmd.org.uk