Tony lights a candle in memory of Holocaust victim Jacob Wygodzki
The Holocaust must never be forgotten, both as a mark of respect for the six million people killed and to ensure it is never repeated, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner says.
Tony Lloyd was speaking as Jewish people in Israel and across the world mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom HaShoah.
As a mark of respect and solidarity, each year Tony lights a Yahrzeit candle, a Jewish memorial candle, in memory of a Lithuanian politician murdered by the Nazis.
Tony said: “The Holocaust was the darkest moment in human history and we must never forget those who lost their lives and those who suffered indescribable treatment in the extermination camps.
“The Holocaust is still an event which happened in living memory, but as the number of people who survived its horrors becomes fewer, it’s more important than ever that we commemorate it.
“We should do so out of respect for those who lost their lives, but also to ensure it is never repeated. The Holocaust is a warning about what happens when extremism becomes the mainstream. We must learn its lessons and ensured it remains seared in our collective memories.
“I have lit a Yahrzeit candle in memory of Jacob Wygodzki, who was a Polish-Lithuanian Jewish politician who was tortured and killed in Lukiškės Prison in 1941 when the Nazis occupied Vilnius. I do this each year because the Holocaust was murder on an industrial scale, but each of those six million murders represented an individual story, an individual life lost. That’s something we must never lose sight of.”
Yom HaShoah is marked on the 27th of Nisan (April/May) each year, unless that day is adjacent to the Sabbath. This year, it began on sundown on Sunday 27 April and lasts till sundown on Monday 28 April. The day was inaugurated in Israel in 1953.