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Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

Published Monday, 21 January 2013

Building Bridges’ for strong communities

‘Building Bridges’ is the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

This year marks 68 years since Soviet troops liberated the death camp at Auschwitz in Poland on 27th January 1945.

Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Nazis during World War Two. More than a million people - the vast majority of them Jews - died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated.

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.

Pupils from West Lea special school and Hillel Wolfson Jewish School will be interpreting the theme with drama, and music and song at a special event.

Leading councillors, faith leaders and community organisations will also be making their contributions to the occasion.

Council Leader, Doug Taylor, said, “Holocaust Memorial Day is a national and international day to help us learn from the past. Unfortunately there are still regimes in the world that are unstable and perpetrate hatred – so we must be ever more vigilant here where we can act to promote goodwill among all our communities.”

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