Libraries to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

This story was published 17 January 2022

North Yorkshire’s library service is joining the national commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27 with a series of events.

Holocaust Memorial Day library display

Each year the UK observes Holocaust Memorial Day to remember those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. January 27 1945 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

This year’s theme is “One Day” which encourages people to learn about the past in the hope that there will come a day with no genocide.

From January 24 to 31, posters, books and educational material will be displayed on the travelling Supermobile library and in Northallerton, Stokesley, Great Ayton, Selby, Easingwold, Ripon, Skipton, Filey and Scarborough libraries.

A remembrance tree will be on display in Skipton library where visitors can write down commemorative messages and add it to the tree. 

Northallerton Library Poetry Group is hosting an in-person event in the library to share readings on the Holocaust at 10.30am on Tuesday, 25 January. Places are limited so if you would like to attend please email or call 01609 533832.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “It’s great to see our libraries join the nation in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day. Last year all our events were online due to coronavirus restrictions so we are really pleased to welcome customers back into our covid-safe buildings.”

Get more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and the events and activities taking place.