Saddleworth to stand together on Holocaust Memorial Day

JANUARY 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the community is invited to come together for Saddleworth Peace Group’s vigil to mark this milestone.

The Holocaust Memorial Day event, with a theme of ‘Stand Together’, will be held on Sunday, January 26 from 2pm in Uppermill Square and then in the Methodist Church coffee lounge.  

There will be a vigil and presentations from members of Oldham Theatre Group and Oldham Youth Council following their visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Locals gather at a previous Holocaust Memorial Peace Vigil in Uppermill

Saddleworth Peace Group is a secular organisation that promotes peace at community and global levels. 

Their Holocaust Memorial Day event, held annually, is an opportunity for people across Saddleworth to come together to reflect and remember, with all welcome.

Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the six million Jews murdered and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution, and also in genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The theme for 2020’s memorial events is ‘Stand Together’ to explore how genocidal regimes have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together and speaking out against oppression.

Saddleworth Peace Group said: “Today there is increasing division in communities across the UK and the world. 

“Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in order to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.”

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