Learning from the past and present to create a better future for our children, was the message at Rotherham’s Holocaust Memorial Day.
Rotherham Councillor, Mahroof Hussain, spoke at the event, which this year had the theme of “Speak up, Speak out.”Held at Rotherham Town Hall, the message from the event was to speak up against injustice and hatred to create a better world.
The event was officially opened by Cllr Shaun Wright, Mayor of Rotherham, and besides Cllr Hussain, speakers included Rotherham MP Denis MacShane.
Cllr Hussain, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Equality and Young Peoples' Issues, said: “We should share the lessons of the past and the present and use our voices to create a better future for our children.
“Holocaust Memorial Day brings back to our minds the appalling consequences of a situation when people don’t speak for their neighbour and don’t speak for the stranger but are more concerned for their own security and comfort. Brave people put aside their security and their comfort to speak up and speak out for their neighbour and the stranger.
“Holocaust Memorial Day allows people to take the time to see how the lessons of the past can play a part in our communities today.”
Young people also read extracts from Anne Frank’s diary, to mark the 60th anniversary of its publication in English.
The audience were also invited to write messages of hope and sign a pledge of commitment to speak up and speak out if they see something wrong happening.
Rotherham residents can sign a Book of Remembrance to mark the event which is in the foyer of Rotherham Library and Arts Centre.