Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th January 2021.
Outreach West London Volunteers have been taking part in this year’s ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’ Campaign joining together with thousands of others, up and down the UK, to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future.
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is a government Charity set up for everyone to get involved in. We must collectively resist the threats to our civilised society and continue to challenge the language of Hate and Prejudice.
Outreach West London Volunteers have honoured the Survivors of the Holocaust and have paid their respect to those that have endured genocide.
Genocide is amongst the most heinous crimes against humanity, officially being adopted by the UN Convention, coming into effect in January 1951. Article Two of the convention defines genocide as “any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such”:
- Killing members of the group
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
- Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
The convention also imposes a general duty on states that are signatories to “prevent and to punish” genocide.
HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron to the Trust and Outreach West London are honoured to be taking part in spreading awareness of the Holocaust Memorial Day!
Volunteers have had lots of fun during lockdown, rolling up their sleeves and getting busy in the kitchen baking some lovely treats in support of the International Day on the 27th January 2021.
Children have been busy with their parents doing Arts and crafts activities to remember those lost through ‘Memorial Day Candles’.
Outreach West London Volunteers reached out to others in the wider community to spread awareness of the Event. Volunteers talked and encouraged members to explore and come together to pay respects to those who lost their lives to the Holocaust.
The theme for the campaign helped to foster and promote tolerance and respect for all at a time when we all need to come together more then ever during lockdown where people are isolated and suffering in the current pandemic.
Thank you to the HMD Trust for organising such an inspiring event and for all the helpers and the volunteers who came together ‘virtually’ during Lockdown to help learn from the genocide.
To help create a brighter and more tolerant future.