Holocaust memorial day

We are proud to mark this important day by taking part in the lighting of candles across Somerset as a reminder that we need to be the light in the darkness.

It’s important to reflect that the first stage of genocide is not respecting difference. People with learning disabilities were subjected to the gas chambers. We need to ensure that everyone is valued and difference is respected.

Somerset County Council has been working with groups across the county including Discovery to light candles for a video, as we’re unable to commemorate together this year.

In this video, Discovery Quality Consultant Robert Lyde lights a candle:

And from Mary-Clare Rodwell, The High Sheriff of Somerset:

“As we reflect on the depths of darkness to which humanity can sink, let us look for the light. The light that illuminates the persecution for all to see. The light that will guide us to stand up to injustice. The light that will gather us all together For together, we will banish the darkness.”