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Chance to pay respects at Leeds Holocaust memorials

Former Lord Mayor of Leeds, coun rev Alan Taylor, lights a candle at the Holocaust Memorial Day event at Leeds Town Hall in 2012

Former Lord Mayor of Leeds, coun rev Alan Taylor, lights a candle at the Holocaust Memorial Day event at Leeds Town Hall in 2012

THE CITY will mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a range of services and events this weekend.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds will attend a commemoration service at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday, January 26.

Marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945, the event at 2pm will be hosted by Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Thomas Murray.

It will include speakers, live music and a performance.

Chris Butler, chief executive officer of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will give a speech at the event.

There will also candle lighting and a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer.

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Journeys’, and an exhibition on the topic by pupils from Carr Manor School will be on display, alongside contributions from the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association.

Coun Murray said: “Holocaust Memorial Day events are always an extremely moving experience.

“The journeys and stories detailing the experiences of those people who suffered greatly during the Holocaust should never be forgotten, and events such as these are a chance to both reflect and remember those people who were both victims and survivors.”

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on January 27, but the Leeds Town Hall event will be on January 26.

On Monday, January 27, Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis will speak at an event at the University of Leeds’ Houldsworth Building at 12pm.

For a list of events, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website at www.hmd.org.uk.

 
 
 

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