This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day has been marked with various events throughout Wales and the UK, providing a time to reflect and honor survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Bridgend County Borough Council’s event at the Sony Theatre in partnership with Bridgend College heard their special guest, genocide education campaigner Mr Eric Murgangwa Eugene speak passionately about his survival of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
Whilst also remembering genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, attendees were invited to write their thoughts on postcards as part of this year’s theme ‘The Power of Words’. The traditional ‘Seven Statements of Commitment’ were read out along with the lighting of a ‘Candle of Remembrance’.
Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies spoke after the event stating: “We must never forget. Words of hatred and bigotry are the poisonous seeds of violence and genocide and everyone of all faiths, ages and backgrounds must learn lessons from our past and work to create a safer, better future.
Whether it be signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment at the Senedd, attending poignant events such as the Bridgend County Borough Holocaust Memorial Day Event or any other local events, it is important that they receive our support. The hard work of the Holocaust Memorial Trust with involvement from our young people from across the Borough will ensure the Holocaust message is not lost and passed down to future generations.”