Newcastle to host HMD
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-02-24
Holocaust Memorial Day
The north east city of Newcastle is to host the 2007 Holocaust Memorial Day national event in 2007 with the theme The Dignity of Difference.
Taking place on the 27th January, which also marks an international day of remembrance by the United Nations, 2007 is the seventh year Holocaust Memorial Day has been marked in the UK.
The main event will take place at the city's Theatre Royal.
In 2006, Holocaust Memorial Day was marked by over 400 events across the UK and more are expected for 2007.
"We are honoured that Newcastle has been chosen to host the United Kingdoms national commemorative event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2007," said Councillor Peter Arnold, leader of Newcastle City Council. "It is an incredibly important occasion and an opportunity to show our commitment as a multi-cultural city to fighting prejudice and racism, and promoting tolerance and our cultural diversity. We now look forward to working with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and NewcastleGateshead Initiative as we begin to plan next year's events."
This years theme, The Dignity of Difference, will provoke people into thinking about and recognising the value of difference," added Stephen Smith, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. "Each one of us can look at what we learn from the Holocaust about the consequences of excluding others based on their difference from us."