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Remembering the Holocaust

2016 Holocaust Memorial Day logo featuring a flame and two figures raising their hands

Chesterfield residents can take part in an event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Law Centre, Chesterfield College and Pomegranate Youth Theatre to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The theme for this year is "Don't Stand By".

The event takes place on Wednesday 27 January from 7pm at the Rose Theatre, Rose Hill, doors will open at 6.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door and the event is free.

This is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

The date marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Around six million Jews were killed in this genocide, called the Final Solution by Nazi leaders. Other groups persecuted included Sinti and Roma gypsies, Black people, homosexual and disabled people.

The evening will include a performance from the Pomegranate Youth Theatre called "Not My Problem", a new play written by Katy Dent and videos from the Holocaust Memorial Trust documenting the history of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Chesterfield College students will read poetry and people attending will have the opportunity to write their own pledges and place them on a pledge tree.

People attending can also sign a book of remembrance to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The book will also be available for people to sign in the council's Customer Service Centre from Wednesday 27 January to Wednesday 3 February. 

Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for governance, said: "The Holocaust was a pivotal moment in our history but many people don’t realise the number of groups that were affected or that there is genocide happening in our world today.

"This event is an opportunity to mark those who gave their lives during genocide in the past and more recently. It is particularly good to see young people from the Pomegranate Youth Theatre and Chesterfield College taking part."

For more information or to reserve a ticket in advance, please call 01246 345 247 / 01246 550 674 or email

First published on 19 January 2016 Last updated on 31 October 2016