Northallerton library marks Holocaust Memorial Day

This story was published 19 January 2021

Two virtual events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will be hosted by Northallerton library.

Holocaust Memorial Day

The national commemoration on 27 January remembers those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future.

This year’s theme is “be the light in the darkness”. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths to which humanity can sink, but also the ways individuals and communities resist that darkness before, during and after genocide.

This year, due to the pandemic, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has adapted its activities and events so they can be delivered safely. Northallerton library hosts two virtual events.  

On Saturday, 23 January, at 11am, Ally, a library assistant from Northallerton library, will present a cook-along session showing how to bake challah bread, which is typically eaten on Jewish ceremonial occasions. The video will be available for anyone in the county to watch on Northallerton library’s Facebook page.

Northallerton Library Poetry Group will share readings on the theme of holocaust and some members will write their own poems on that theme. The meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, 26 January. To find out more or to join the meeting from anywhere in the county, email Northallerton.Library@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 533832.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.”

Find more information about Holocaust Memorial Day, or follow the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Twitter at @HMD_UK and the hashtag #HolocaustMemorialDay #HMD2021