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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-25-11

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Holocaust Memorial Day poetry competition being launched

YOUNG people are being invited to write poems which will be read out at Liverpool's Holocaust Memorial Day service. The theme for this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is 'The Power of Words', and explores how language has been used in the past and the present and the impact that it has on us and those around us. The competition is being launched at the Schools Parliament at Liverpool Town Hall, on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. 2 of the entries submitted by Friday, 12 January 2018, will be selected to be read out at the civic event on Friday 26 January at Liverpool Town Hall. Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "Holocaust Memorial Day is not only a time to remember those millions who died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, but is also a call to action for the present. The words we use can be an immense power for good but also evil, so it is essential we stamp out their use to promote hate crime and prejudice. We have many talented, articulate and eloquent wordsmiths among our young people and I know that we will receive some powerful and thought provoking entries."

A selection of the poems entered will be included in an anthology that will be presented to entrants, schools and libraries in the City. Liverpool City Council's lead on Holocaust Memorial Day, Councillor Jeremy Wolfson, a member of the City's Jewish community, said:- "Attendees at the recent HMD planning meeting wanted to do something particularly poignant for 2018, which marks the 10th Anniversary of Liverpool hosting the national event for Holocaust Memorial Day in 2008. This poetry competition fits well into this year's theme 'The Power of Words.' It gives our young people an opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust and raise awareness of not only what happened, but to try and ensure that the attitudes which led to it are not repeated.  I would particularly like to thank the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's Mandy Penellum, Jeff Dunn, Director of Liverpool Schools' Parliament and John Gorman from The Scaffold, for their invaluable advice and support in setting up the poetry competition."

Poems should be submitted to: Jeff Dunn c/o Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool, L2 3SW or by email.


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