Liverpool to host HMD
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-06-29
Holocaust Memorial Day
Liverpool has been chosen to host the 2008 Holocaust Memorial Day, following Newcastle's turn in 2007.
The European Capital of Culture for 2008 beat several other cities to host the event on January 27 following a decision by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
"The Trust was very impressed by the bid put forward by Liverpool and by the teams professionalism, enthusiasm and understanding of the importance of learning the lessons of the Holocaust and applying them to life in the UK today," said Stephen Smith, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
As an international day of remembrance recognised by the United Nations, Liverpool will involve all sections of its community when the nation focuses its attention on the national event.
"I am delighted and proud that HMD will be hosted by my home city in 2008. I believe there is intrinsic value for all communities in Liverpool to work together each year to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and make it as meaningful as possible," said local Liverpool MP Louise Ellman who is also a trustee of the HMD Trust.
As in previous years, a theme for the day will be associated with the event. 2007 will see it be Dignity of Difference and 2008 is yet to be decided.