Be the light in the darkness
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
At Staffordshire University we continue to support those people facing persecution and genocide historically and today; and provide an opportunity for students, staff and the wider community to come together to reflect on the impact of the Holocaust on individuals and communities.
We acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced by those individuals and communities affected by the Holocaust and strive to be an inclusive institution and to proactively tackle discrimination and hate.
Be the light in the darkness is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.
Be the light in the darkness encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.
Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.
This year we have created a resourceful web page with information regarding the history of Holocaust Memorial Day with videos from staff and students reflecting on this year’s theme with the reading of poems. There will also be an opportunity for people to submit their own original poems to share.