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Enfield builds a legacy of hope

Published Thursday, 11 February 2010

This year Enfield Council marked 65 years since Soviet troops liberated the concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz in Poland.


The notorious camp has come to symbolise the terror and degradation of the Nazi regime as one of the world's most shocking events of the 20th century.

Enfield Council has been commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day since it started in 2001 as part of a national and international act of remembrance.

Over the years, council leaders have made their own personal speeches, local schools have taken part with songs, drama and poetry competitions, while Holocaust survivors and those who arrived in Enfield as children on the kinder transport have told their stories.

As a lasting memorial to the Holocaust, Enfield Council has created the Holocaust Garden within the Civic Centre. Symbols of peace and remembrance such as the eternal flame, pebbles to remember the dead of the Holocaust and the Hebrew metallic lettering, 'Zachor' which means remember, serve as reminders of the council's commitment to a more tolerant society.

This year Enfield marked Holocaust Memorial Day with the theme 'The Legacy of Hope' with a powerful mix of speeches, dramatic readings and youth contributions. Guests were also be invited to sign a pledge against genocide.

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