King’s Lynn service commemorates Holocaust horror

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People will remember genocide and persecution when they gather at a service on Sunday held to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The inter-faith service, organised by the Jewish Community of West Norfolk, will be attended by borough mayor, Barry Ayres and held at King’s Lynn Town Hall at noon.

Canon Christopher Ivory will lead the service, which will include readings from representatives from the local Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities as well as the Soroptimists, King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support (KLARS), children from St Martha’s Roman Catholic VC School and Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk Council.

The service will be one of many taking place across the country to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945).

Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust invites communities to centre their remembrance upon a theme. 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by troops from the Soviet Red Army and the 20th anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

In this anniversary year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has adopted the theme of Keeping the Memory Alive and is encouraging communities to find ways to ensure that the memories of survivors are not lost to history but captured so 
that new generations can engage with these important stories.

Borough mayor, Barry Ayres, said: “In marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in this way our community is showing that we stand united in our condemnation of intolerance and discrimination.

“Together we will remember the victims of the Holocaust and more recent genocides and celebrate the strength of those who resist persecution.”

In 2001 a memorial tree was planted in King’s Lynn to mark the first Holocaust Memorial Day. Commemorative wreaths will be laid at the tree after the service in the town hall.

Everyone is welcome to attend the service.