Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked by Saffron Walden service

PUBLISHED: 12:03 20 December 2009 | UPDATED: 22:06 31 May 2010

HOLOCAUST Memorial Day will be marked by a 45-minute service at St Mary s Parish Church Saffron Walden. The service, which will be held on Wednesday January 27, will start at 11.30 am and everyone is welcome to attend Local schools have been invited to t

HOLOCAUST Memorial Day will be marked by a 45-minute service at St Mary's Parish Church Saffron Walden.

The service, which will be held on Wednesday January 27, will start at 11.30 am and everyone is welcome to attend

Local schools have been invited to take part and a number of them will be contributing to the service. A representative from the Cambridge Synagogue will be present to recite the Kaddish, an affirmation of faith in the face of death, both in Hebrew and in English

The focus for Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 is 'Legacy of Hope.

Reverend David Tomlinson said: "The tragic repetition of atrocities in the world today reminds us that the lessons of the holocaust need to be learnt and learnt again.

"Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and of other genocides. On it, we commemorate victims, honour survivors and commit to tackling prejudice, discrimination and racism in the present day.

"We encourage nations to conquer genocide and atrocity and individuals to stand up against hatred.

"Holocaust survivors speak of pain and despair but also of strength and survival, and their wish for a 'Legacy of Hope'. They encourage us to use our voice, whenever we can, to speak out to create a future that is free from exclusion and persecution.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on January 27, the anniversary of the date of the liberation of Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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