Hull City Council will mark Holocaust Memorial Day by lighting up city centre landmarks purple and flying the Guildhall flag at half-mast.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year to remember the six million Jews and the millions of people from other communities who were murdered by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. It also remembers the victims of the more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
To mark this solemn day of remembrance, landmarks across the UK will be lit up purple during a powerful national moment of commemoration and solidarity.
From dusk on Friday January 27, the council will illuminate buildings and structures across Hull city centre in purple light. The Union Flag on the roof of the Guildhall will also be flown at half-mast.
Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The Holocaust threatened the very fabric of our civilisation, and we must remain vigilant to the risks genocide still presents to many people around the world. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable, and we cannot be complacent.”
“Holocaust Memorial Day is for everyone. Every year thousands of people across the UK come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future.”
“We must learn more, empathise more and do more to ensure that hatred and prejudice are challenged by us all and have no place in our society. Together, we bear witness for those who lost their lives through genocide, honour the survivors and all those whose lives have been changed beyond recognition.”
The UK Online Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 will be streamed online on Thursday 26 January from 7pm-7.45pm.
People will be invited to light a candle during Thursday’s online commemoration, or place one safely in their window for Light the Darkness national moment at 4pm on Friday.
For more information, visit Holocaust Memorial Day.