In Liverpool, Merseytravel, an executive travel advice company, worked alongside trade unions to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) by holding a week-long programme of events and activities at their Head Office.
 
Throughout the week, all Merseytravel staff were encouraged to read the About HMD booklet as one of their six reads in the Reading Agency's Reading Ahead challenge. Furthermore, Merseytravel’s workplace knitting group, Wednesday’s Woollies Group found a creative way to mark HMD by producing red triangles to represent the persecution of the Trade Unionists during the Holocaust. These were distributed to staff members to reflect on the memory of all who perished during the Holocaust as well as to remember to not stand by when faced with discrimination today. 
 
On Holocaust Memorial Day, the Merseytravel Mann Island Choir performed songs relevant to the theme of HMD's 2016 theme, Don’t stand by during lunchtime. The choir sang in the foyer of the Head Office raising awareness to all those who passed through the building as well as the audience who had gathered specifically for the event.
 
The performance was accompanied by a moving visual presentation which explored the 2016 theme and commemorated the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.  Additionally, organisers distributed badges and booklets throughout the day. 
 
One of the organisers said 'I think we got the message out loud and clear and have good foundations to build on for future years'.
 
  • Is this example has inspired you to organise an event for HMD 2017, read our theme vision here.