Wolverhampton will come together remember the victims of Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and other genocides around the world when the City marks Holocaust Memorial Day later this month.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Elias Mattu will lay a wreath during a service led by Inter-Faith Wolverhampton at the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square on Friday 26 January, 2018.

Mayor Councillor Mattu said: "Holocaust Memorial Day represents an opportunity to remember the millions of people who were murdered or whose lives were changed beyond recognition as a result of the Holocaust, persecution or genocide.

"It is hugely important that we do not forget what happened during the Second World War and that we educate future generations about the Holocaust, because everyone has a responsibility to fight the evils of discrimination, racism and xenophobia."

The service in St Peter's Square starts at 11am and will be attended by representatives from various faith communities, Trade Unions and pensioners' organisations, Civic leaders and members of the public.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January - the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkena - and is organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

This year's event will focus on the power of words. It will recognise that spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state can have a huge impact, whether good or bad, and explore how language was used in the past and is being used today.

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  • released: Wednesday 3 January, 2018