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Seventy candles keep the memory alive

Published Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Seventy candles were lit at a moving memorial ceremony at the Dugdale Centre yesterday (Tuesday 27 January) to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Enfield Council was one of only 70 councils and organisations in the United Kingdom to be awarded a special memorial candle by world-renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor for this year’s 70th anniversary of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day, held on 27 January each year, marks the liberation, by Russian troops, of the notorious Nazi death camp at Auschwitz – Birkenau in Poland, where hundreds of thousands of Jews, Roma, and Sinti people were systematically murdered or worked to death by the Nazis.

In Enfield the candle provided a centre piece in a moving ceremony at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town. Long standing supporter of Holocaust Memorial Day, Rabbi Levy from Palmers Green & Southgate Synagogue lit the main candle.

Ten candles were lit by performers and speakers at the event and eventually 70 candles will glow during the proceedings honouring the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said, “Our event was chosen to receive a candle from hundreds of applications sent to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

“It is a great honour to receive a special candle. Holocaust Memorial Day is an important focal point in the year and we are delighted to have been selected to be part of this nationwide commemoration. This year ‘Keep the Memory Alive’ is a significant theme and it is vital that we remember what it means and learn from it.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, says: “Our designer has created a beautiful candle to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – Birkenau.

“When all 70 candles are lit throughout the country, it will be a poignant moment of remembrance and a time for us all to ensure we keep the memory alive.”

Enfield Council presented a thoughtful programme including speeches, a live performances from Face Front Theatre, Hazelbury Junior School; Highlands Secondary School and a week – long art exhibition by ‘A’ level students from Winchmore Secondary School.

As well as the event in Enfield, special candles were lit at a national commemorative event in central London and Auschwitz as part of international commemorations taking place yesterday.

This year's Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by Russian troops and marks 20 years since the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995 during the Bosnian War.

The Holocaust was a genocide in which approximately six million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

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