Library to utilise power of words to mark Holocaust Day

Filey Library.
Filey Library.

Filey Library will use the power of the words in the books in its care to highlight the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.

Holocaust Memorial Day is for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

From 22 to 29 January displays of posters, leaflets and books will remind visitors of the importance of the day and of the impact words, whether written or spoken, can have.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “North Yorkshire libraries have been involved in Holocaust Memorial Day for many years.

“This year the theme is particularly relevant to us.

“We hope people will look at the displays and the books and be moved to think about the meaning of the day.

“In the words of Dr Martin Stern, a survivor of the Holocaust, ‘words can strengthen the thin shield of civilisation – or shatter it’. We must consider carefully how we use them – in writing, on social media and face to face.”