Message from Adrian Gregson, Labour Councillor for Rainbow Hill and Deputy Leader of the Council

On Saturday 26th January, as Deputy Leader of the Council, I attended Holocaust Memorial Day in Worcester’s Guildhall where the Labour Mayor of Worcester, Jabba Riaz, hosted an event with inter faith groups and school children from Christopher Whitehead, Tudor Grange, King’s, RGS, and Nunnery Wood High schools. We listened to poems and stories read by the students and also a very personal recollection of his dreadful experience of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 from Ganza Gahizi.

All speakers emphasised how we must remember the victims of the Holocaust and commit to antisemitism, anti-racism, and discrimination of all kinds. Ganza’s story reminded me of my own contact with Rwanda, when a fellow archivist was here on a work placement from Africa. A colleague of mine stayed in touch after our new friend returned home but then he and his family were caught up in the awful civil war. It was many months until we heard that having become separated, our professional colleague had been reunited with his wife and children and survived to settle in Europe.

Survivors of the Holocaust are dwindling with every year, but in their memory we should not have to see Rwanda, Cambodia, Darfur, repeating those days.

Ganza’s main message was: if communities can be taught to hate, they can also be taught to love – and that message is at the heart of Jabba’s mayoral year here in Worcester. A truly moving and sombre morning.

Labour Mayor Jabba Riaz at Worcester
Labour Mayor Jabba Riaz at Worcester's Holocaust Memorial Day in the Guildhall
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