St Helens Council will host a series of special events next week to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
On Monday 22 January, local musician and music teacher, Julia Cadman, will perform her unique composition Minority Language for the first time at Ranhill Library with support from choral and dance accompaniments.
There will be a repeat performance of this free event at the same time the following Monday (29 January) in Haydock Library.
Attendees will also get the opportunity to view the ‘Rescues of the Holocaust: Remembering Raoul Wallenberg and Lives Saved’ exhibition at both libraries, which is on loan from one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust, the Wiener Library.
On Wednesday 24th January, Newton-Le-willows Library will be having a small cinema screening of Woman In Gold. The remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. 6pm. Adults £4. Children £3. Fmily ticket (up to 4 people) £10.
Meanwhile, a formal commemoration ceremony will take place in St Helens Town Hall on Friday 26 January at 10:00am which will see performances and readings from school children based on this year’s theme, The Power of Words.
This event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance by visiting www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services and Libraries, Councillor Sue Murphy, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day provides us with an opportunity for all the diverse strands of our communities to come together, to honour the survivors but it’s also a chance to look to our own lives and communities today.
“For those able to attend the town hall service, I would encourage you to do so because it really is a fitting service – and we are also very fortunate to have such an enthralling exhibition right on our doorstep too which is certainly worth-while seeing while it’s around.”
As Holocaust Memorial Day approaches, St Helens residents are being urged to show their contempt for hate crime – by signing an online pledge.
Hate crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups and communities because of who they are. It is an act motivated by someone’s prejudice towards another person because of his or her age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexuality.
If you wish to sign the pledge, go to www.sthelens.gov.uk/hatecrime
If you’ve have been victim to, or have witnessed hate crime, you can report it to Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625, or Merseyside Police on 101.