Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 January 2021
HINCKLEY’S Atkins Building, located on Lower Bond Street, was illuminated with purple bright lights today (27 January), out of respect and remembrance this Holocaust Memorial Day, to remember those who lost their lives in the barbaric circumstances.
The first annual commemoration day was held twenty years ago back in January 2001 to remember the millions of people who had sadly lost their lives after being killed in the holocaust under the Nazi persecution, and in the genocides which later took place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) was chosen to be held on 27 January, as this is the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, by Soviet troops in 1945.
Each HMD, people from all parts of the UK of all different ethnicities, religions and interests come together to take part in remembering those who were brutally murdered and had tragically lost their lives in the holocaust.
In a statement issued on social media, a spokesperson for The Atkins Building, commented on the building being lit in purple as a sign of commemoration.
It reads: “Today we are commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day by lighting up our entrance in purple.
“We remember those who were murdered during the Holocaust and in the genocides that followed. #LightTheDarkness.”
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council had shared a link to this year’s virtual service where residents could stream a remembrance service to pay their respects to the fallen.