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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Liverpool event remembers Holocaust and hate crime (UK)

The Holocaust and other genocides across the world are being remembered at an event in Liverpool.

Liverpool Remembers, on Sunday, is being held in the week of Holocaust Memorial Day to reflect on human rights tragedies and look at local hate crime.

Members of the Jewish community will be speaking at the event, at St Francis of Assisi Academy in Kensington.

Merseyside Police will also lead a discussion on tackling hate crime in the region.

'Make a difference'

Councillor Louise Baldock, Chair of Liverpool Remembers and Chair of Liverpool Hate Crime Reduction Forum, said: "It is vitally important that we continue to promote awareness and understanding about the Holocaust.

"This will be our fourth annual event to commemorate and reflect upon the millions of lives lost.

"We also reflect on other genocides and human rights abuses which have affected people worldwide who now live in communities in our city."

She added: "Racism, homophobia and other forms of hate crime still exist today, and if unchecked, lead to world tragedies like the Holocaust.

"We will be asking people to make a pledge to do something that will shine a small light and make a difference."

Holocaust Memorial Day is on 27 January, to coincide with the same day in 1945 when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated.

BBC News