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Holocaust Memorial Day – 2017

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william mccandless
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Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning Councillor William McCandless said “Holocaust Memorial Day is remembered on 27th January each year. This date has been chosen as it marks the day when Auschwitz – Birkenau was liberated which was the largest Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews were exterminated.

This time set aside for reflection affords an opportunity for us to take time to remember the millions of people, mainly Jews, who were brutally murdered by the Nazi regime.

I wish to thank Causeway Coast & Glens council officers Julie Welsh, Patricia Cameron and Joy Wisener for hosting the HMD event on Thurs 26/1 and for providing a focal point for a time of reflection.

The event was well attended and the programme included reflections from councillors and community leaders who visited the concentration camp on a ” Challenging prejudice through Leadership ” course.

We must remember that the Holocaust happened because millions of bystanders stood by and allowed it to happen.
Albert Einstein said ” The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything “.

I appeal to you, please take time today to remember the 6 million Jews and others who did not fit the Nazi ideology.
On International Holocaust Memorial Day commit to study the events surrounding the Holocaust, commit to remember the victims, work towards a better future and continue to work towards mutual understanding and justice.

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