THE Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, launched a Holocaust poetry competition on Tuesday by reading a poem he had written.
He called his poem Words because “the words we use can be an immense power for good, but also evil, so it is essential we stamp out their use to promote hate crime and prejudice”.
Two entries from youngsters will be recited at Liverpool’s Holocaust Memorial Day service on Friday, January 26, where the theme will be ‘The Power of Words’
Liverpool City Council’s HMD lead, Councillor Jeremy Wolfson, said: “It gives our young people an opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust and raise awareness of not only what happened, but to try and ensure that the attitudes which led to it are not repeated.”
He also told the launch how he lost “great-grandparents, great aunts, great uncles and cousins in the Holocaust”.
Cllr Wolfson added: “Attendees at the recent HMD planning meeting wanted to do something particularly poignant for 2018, which marks the 10th anniversary of Liverpool hosting the national event for Holocaust Memorial Day in 2008.”
The event in 2008 featured Liverpool-born actor Jason Isaacs, actress Eithne Browne and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Speakers included The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and former MP Martin Bell.
A selection of poems entered in the new competition will be included in an anthology that will be presented to entrants, schools and libraries in the city.
Poems should be submitted to Jeff Dunn c/o Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool, L2 3SW or by email at email@example.com by Friday, January 12.