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					Speak Up, Speak Out - Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

Local authorities play a key role in leading neighbourhoods to speak up for fairness and
equality in their communities. By raising awareness of the dangers of racism and
discrimination, you can help to create a stronger society.

Over a third of local authorities across the UK were involved in sharing Untold Stories for
HMD 2011. We can inform you about a wide range of local government HMD activities held
around 27 January, and we can also advise you on best practice for holding a HMD activity.
For Holocaust Memorial Day 2012, we’re here to help even more local authorities bring
their communities together to Speak Up, Speak Out against prejudice and hatred in the UK.

In our neighbourhoods, we are not at risk of experiencing genocides like the Holocaust or in
Rwanda. But the actions and language of hatred continue to damage our society today. The
choices we make in the words and language we use every day can either contribute to
creating safe and cohesive communities, or damage us by marginalising some voices. We
can choose to use our voices for prevention, not persecution. In playgrounds and
workplaces, many are using the words ‘gay’ and ‘Jew’ as an insult – we can all choose to
challenge those who do this. We can urge those who have been attacked on our streets to
report such incidents to authorities. HMD 2012 asks us all to Speak Up, Speak Out to share
the lessons of the past and use our voices to create a safer and better future.

Neighbourhoods and communities in the UK do not face the extraordinary choices that
people are faced with during genocide, but with your help they can contribute to speaking
out against racism and discrimination. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust works with local
government to help them deliver activities which make a lasting, positive difference to your
communities. We provide a wide selection of free resources and offer extensive advice on
how to hold a Holocaust Memorial Day activity.

1,276 activities were held across the UK for HMD 2011 and as the world focuses on the UK
in the Olympic year of 2012, we believe that once again local authorities can lead the way by
demonstrating how racism and discrimination deserve no place in UK society by coming
together to Speak Up, Speak Out.

The following poem was written in 1946 by Pastor Martin Niemollor, a survivor of the Nazi
concentration camps.
First They Came
Pastor Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

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