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Remembering the Holocaust in 2020

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Wealden District Council is inviting local craft groups and societies to enter the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s 75 Memorial Flames competition. This involves creating your own piece of artwork to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz which will take place in 2020.

“There are many groups in Wealden, actively creating beautiful art and handicrafts as part of their regular activities,” said Wealden District Council’s chairman, Councillor Pam Doodes. “We’d like to encourage them to enter the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s 75 Memorial Flames project. The Trust is seeking 75 pieces of artwork from groups around the country to feature in a national exhibition which will be launched on Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. Wealden will be creating the Council’s own Holocaust Memorial Day display in the public foyer of our Hailsham Offices, and so would be delighted to include a display of the art entered.”  

The artwork should feature a memorial flame. It may respond directly to one person’s experiences, be a broader commemoration of the Holocaust, or reflect on the Holocaust Memorial Day theme for 2020 which is Stand Together. Guidelines about the size of the entries and materials which can be used are available on the Holocaust Memorial Day website. The Holocaust Memorial Day website, www.hmd.org.uk, also contains moving stories from the Holocaust and other genocides that have taken place since, which can provide additional inspiration.  In order to have a chance to take part in the HMD’s national exhibition, photos of the artwork and a completed information form need to be sent to the Holocaust Memorial Trust by 18 October. 

“These issues are as important today as they were in the 1930s,” said Councillor Doodes. “The 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day theme, Stand Together, is a timely reminder of the need to counter division and identity-based hostility in our society. It was an us-versus-them mentality that has led to persecution and genocide in the past.”

If your group is planning to take part, please contact Wealden District Council on pr@wealden.gov.uk  so we can help with the registration. Every year Wealden District Council marks Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January. HMD 2020 will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

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