Young people in Hartlepool set to hold a day of online events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day
and live on Freeview channel 276
A candle-lighting ceremony will also take place.
The programme has been organised by Stand Together – a group of young people in Hartlepool aged 13-16, with support from Hartlepool Youth Service.
As part of their research the young people visited the National Holocaust Centre and took part in a Zoom meeting with Steven Frank, who was five when the Nazis occupied Amsterdam where he was born.
Speaking on behalf of the rest of the group, Stand Together member Amy Naylor said: “It’s important to understand the root causes of genocide in order to try to ensure that it never happens again.
“Genocide happens over time and its roots are in small acts of discrimination, prejudice and hate speech.
“Left unchallenged, these things can lead to violence against marginalised groups of people and violations of their human rights.
“So every person in every community has a role to play in challenging discrimination and hate.”
Councillor Jim Lindridge, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s children’s services committee, said: “These caring and thoughtful young people are a credit to our town.
“I hope as many people as possible will take the time to watch the videos and support this important event.”
The event will run from 9am until 9pm at https://www.facebook.com/hartlepoolyouthservices.
Stand Together have also created a Holocaust Memorial Day booklet, which can be downloaded at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/one-day-booklet.