Corby Borough Council is honoured to be marking Holocaust Memorial Day for another year running on Sunday 28th January.
Holocaust Memorial Day falls on the 27th January every year and is a time for everyone to pause and remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust.
This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Words’ This commemorative event is an open invitation to all and will be held at the Corby Cube, George Street, in the Council Chamber from 1pm.
Those who come along will hear readings from students and Ambassadors of Lodge Park Academy and will also sit in on a public interview with local German Lady, Rotraut Anderson.
Rotraut Anderson was eight years old when the Second World War began. She spent her childhood caught up in the German Propaganda of how the War would lead them to victory over what the Fuhrer felt was the imposition of the unjust treaty of Versaille.
When the War was announced on the 3rd September, the children at Rotraut’s school danced around the classroom. The Nazis were expert in the use of words as a powerful tool to influence young minds.
During her interview, she will share the story of her childhood during the war, how her family were evacuated and eventually came to the UK in 1951 to start a new life.
Local Councillor, Judy Caine, who is involved in the organisation of the event, said:
‘This event is something that we have been organising for many years now and something that we feel is very important to mark.
‘This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Words’, often a much more powerful weapon than a sword or a gun during the war. We are extremely grateful to Rotraut for taking part in our event, which will give people the opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of just how powerful words can be.
‘We hope that residents will join us and help us commemorate the lives of the millions of men, women and children that have been affected by the Holocaust and other terrible genocides around the world.
‘By remembering and realising how people suffered through these atrocities we can hopefully help prevent anything like this happening again.’
There will be a question and answer session at the event on Sunday 28th January with Rotraut Anderson, along with lots more information about the Holocaust in general.