A VIGIL will be held by Saddleworth Peace Group to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday, January 27 in Uppermill.
The annual event will start in Uppermill Square at 1.50pm and will continue in the Methodist Church coffee lounge with readings and light refreshments. The event is free and open to all.
A spokesperson for the group said: “The theme this year is the power of words and their capacity to make a difference, both for good and for evil.
“The Holocaust Memorial Day vigil is an opportunity for people across Saddleworth to come together to reflect and remember in an event that never fails to move those who come along.
“We are delighted the Mayor of Oldham will be in attendance and hope as many people as possible will join us.”
Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the killing of six million Jews and the persecution and killing of hundreds of thousands of others by the Nazis.
It also remembers subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur, and challenges, hatred and persecution in the world today.
Further information will be available on Facebook @SaddleworthPeaceGroup or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, Oldham will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) with various services across the borough.
Oldham Hulme Grammar School will be hosting a special tree planting ceremony on Friday 26 January from 10.45am and then on Saturday, January 27 there is a service at the Crompton War Memorial at 9.30am.
Oldham Council’s main event will be on Monday 29 January from 9.30am at The Oldham Academy North in Royton. The event is themed around ‘The Power of Words and will be opened by The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Shadab Qumer, before presentations and reflections by pupils from The Oldham Academy North and Oldham Youth Council.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to remember the millions of people who were killed in one of worst atrocities in history and subsequent genocides.
“It is also a day to stand by those who survived these horrific events. Through this we have the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to opposing prejudice, discrimination and racism wherever it occurs.”
The first Holocaust Memorial Day was held in January 2001 and has since taken place annually. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945.