Yom Hashoah is a victim of virus

MANCHESTER’S annual Yom Hashoah commemoration has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The event was scheduled to take place on April 21 — and for the first time was due to be held at Bridgewater Hall, since this year marks 75 years since liberation.

However, it will now take place at the same venue on April 12, 2021.

“In these difficult times, the most important thing is to stay safe and follow government rules and guidelines,” said Jackie Field, chairman of Yom Hashoah Manchester.

“However, we are also aware that with each passing year, the number of our treasured survivors sadly diminishes.

“We would like to remind everyone that even though this year’s event is cancelled, Yom Hashoah remains as a date on the calendar to memorialise the Six Million, honour those who survived and remind the world we must never forget.”

Even though it is unclear how long government restrictions will remain in place, organisers say they felt they had to take the difficult decision to put the annual Holocaust memorial event on hold until next year.

Meanwhile, the committee are encouraging the community to commemorate Yom Hashoah by supporting the Yellow Candle project.

The project, which has been operating in America since 1981, organises the lighting of yellow yahrzeit memorial candles across the UK which bear the name, age and place of death of a victim of the Holocaust — many of them children.

The yellow colour relates to the stars which the Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis.

The names of the victims are taken from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

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