COVENTRY will join communities from across the UK next Wednesday (January 27) to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2016.
HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001 and this year’s theme is ‘Don’t Stand By’ – which highlights the fact that apathy or indifference to persecution helps spread hatred.
The event, which takes place in Broadgate at 12.45pm, is open to the public and will feature speakers telling their incredible stories.
Speakers include Kindertransport and Coventry Blitz survivor Dr Martin Kapel, Syrian refugee Adbulmunem Radwan and Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun Michael Hammon.
Coun Hammon said: “Coventry is a city of Peace and Reconciliation.
“We believe in equality for everyone, Coventry is a city that is known around the world for its work in bringing people together in friendship.
“The stories told will reinforce these commitments both personally and as a city.”
The event will finish at approximately 1.30pm, though people are invited to the Lord Mayor’s hospitality suite in the council house to hear Dr Martin Kapel speak more about his family and early life in Coventry.