Young people lead Holocaust commemorations
Pupils from Cowley Language College, St. Augustine's and De La
Salle School performed readings as part of St Helens Council's
commemoration of Holocaust victims.
The Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Geoff Almond, welcomed guests
to a special Holocaust memorial service at St Helens Town Hall - an
event that also included musical performances from St Augustine's
Catholic High School.
It was all part of the build-up to Holocaust Memorial Day (27
January), with young people across the borough playing a major
Year nine pupils from St. Cuthbert's staged a special exhibition
in Central Library titled The Museum of Pavel. It included diary
entries, artwork and creative crafts based on Pavel, a character
from the best selling Holocaust tale The Boy In The Striped
The library also displayed, The Last Goodbye, a travelling
exhibition from the Jewish Museum in London, telling the story of
the 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees admitted to Britain on the
Kindertransport in the late 1930's.
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked worldwide every year on 27
January - the anniversary of the liberation of the
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945.
It also commemorates the millions murdered in subsequent
genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
But, as St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Environmental
Protection and Safer Communities, Councillor Richard McCauley
explained, the horrors of the past carry a warning for the
"Holocaust Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to learn from
the past for a better future. No hate incident should be tolerated
in a respectful society - and this includes name-calling and
bullying of any kind."
Committing a crime against someone because of their race,
religion, disability, gender orientation or sexual orientation is a
hate crime. And while levels are relatively low in St Helens, many
often go unreported. The St Helens Community Safety Partnership
(CSP) is committed to raising awareness of hate crime, ensuring
that victims are supported and offenders dealt with
"We can only take action if decent people are brave enough to
report it," said Councillor McCauley, "and the St Helens Community
Safety Partnership are fully behind the push to increase reporting,
whether that's via Merseyside Police or the 24-hour Stop Hate UK
helpline. We want to make sure that there is no place for hate in
Hate crime can be reported to specialist investigation teams at
Merseyside Police on 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency).
Alternatively, Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides
independent and confidential support to people affected by hate
crime. It's funded by St Helens Council and fully supported by the
Community Safety Partnership (CSP) to provide 24-hour support to
victims of hate crime.
There are several way to contact Stop Hate UK:
· By phone - 0800 138 1625
· Online at www.stophateuk.org/talk
· By email - email@example.com
· By text - 07717 989025