Residents urged to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with their own ‘services’

RESIDENTS in Shaw and Crompton are asked to light a candle and place a stone at home to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on Wednesday, January 27.

In previous years, people have observed the occasion with a service at Crompton War Memorial.

Cllr Diane Williamson at last year’s service when stones were laid stones on the war memorial in memory of people who died in the Holocaust and genocides

However, the ongoing pandemic and national lockdown has ensured HMD will be marked in a different way.

This year’s theme is ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’ which encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, It also marks the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

Crompton ward councillor Diane Williamson said: “Because we are not holding a service, it does not mean that we are going to forget.

“Instead of placing a stone at Crompton War Memorial, I shall be lighting a candle at 8pm and I will place a stone at the side of it.

“The act of placing visitation stones is significant in Jewish bereavement practices. Small stones are placed by people as an act of remembrance or respect for the deceased; the stone is places using the left hand.

“I hope you can join me in this act of remembrance during this pandemic.”

There is also an online service – hosted by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust starting at 7pm, as well as a Greater Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day service at 10am.

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