Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
The national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration, organised under the auspices of Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, took place in Dublin on Sunday 27 January in the Round Room at Mansion House to a capacity audience of 700 people. President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins gave the keynote address. The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minister for Justice and Equality also participated. The commemoration took the form of a ceremony of readings that included survivors’ recollections, personal stories of Second and Third Generation (children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors), candle lighting and music. More than one hundred school children attended the event and twelve of them read from the Scroll of Names. Candles were lit in memory of six million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust as well as candles for the millions of others who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or their religious beliefs.President Higgins said that as antisemitism and racism was on the rise across Europe, “we must remember the Holocaust collectively and work together to ensure that the hatred and inhumanity is not allowed to once again spread its dark shadow across Europe and the world”. You can read the entire keynote address by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins here.
Eibhlin Byrne, Chairperson of Holocaust Education Trust Ireland said “at times of great uncertainty, there is always a danger that extremists will triumph. You can read the full version of the Message from the Chairperson