A special evening of Remembrance was held at Monkstown Jubilee Centre on Sunday 23 January 2022, as part of the Council’s programme and commitment to remember the Holocaust. The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb led tributes in remembering the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and those who lost their lives in more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Guests heard further poignant messages from Rev. Ruth Patterson (Church of the Good Shepherd) Kathy Wolff (Community Relations Forum) and Mr Peter McBride (Trauma Specialist).
Following the speeches, Elected Members led a procession which included Her Majesty’s Deputy- Lieutenant Mrs Jackie Stewart MBE, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Belfast, Mr. Pawel Majewski and US Consul General Mr Paul Narain to the Holocaust memorial site where a number of wreaths were laid.
The Council’s Holocaust programme will continue with a special video which will be shown on the Council’s social channels on Thursday 27 January. As part of the video Mr Billy Kohner MBE will share his family’s experience of fleeing Czechoslovakia to find refuge here in Northern Ireland.
Holocaust Memorial Day is held across the world each year on 27 January, a stark reminder to all of us of the result of the evils of discrimination and prejudice, if left unchecked and unchallenged.
The Mayor said
“It’s my privilege to lead this Memorial Day Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to affirm our commitment to creating a peaceful society where diversity is embraced and celebrated.”
More information on Holocaust Memorial Day can be found at The Holocaust Memorial Trust via www.hmd.org.uk