Service to be held in King's Lynn for Holocaust Memorial Day

Service to be held in King's Lynn for Holocaust Memorial Day

Published by Grace Mcgachy
12:58pm 8th January 2020.

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked in King's Lynn later this month. 

The Town Hall will again host the annual multi-faith service which will reflect the 2020 theme of Stand Together. 

It marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. 

 

Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Geoff Hipperson said: 

"Sometimes I feel it would be nice to forget the sacrifices and scale of casualties of the First World War, the horrors of the concentration camps of World War Two and many other gruesome historical accounts.

However, we owe it to the victims and the brave who fought against these terrible events to remember as accurately as we can.

Holocaust day marks and remembers the genocide of World War Two, and will hopefully remind us to continue to fight prejudice in all its forms and ensure that such things never happen again." 

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

The King's Lynn service is being held at noon on Sunday the 26th January, while the national memorial date is the following day on the 27th. 

It was on the 27th January 1945 that the largest death camp was liberated by allied troops. 

More than a million people were murdered in the Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Nazi regime. 

It's also a day to reflect and remember those who have been killed in genocides over the past few decades including Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Darfur. 

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Members of West Norfolk's Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities will take part in the service along with representatives from a number of organisations including the Soroptimists, Access (formerly KLARS) and children from St Martha's RC school, which will also provide a choir for the event.

There will be a short wreath-laying ceremony at the tree in Tower Gardens which was planted for the first national Holocaust Memorial Day in 2001. 

There will also be refreshments in The Minster which everyone is welcome to enjoy.

Each year thousands of activities take place around the UK to mark the date.

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