Moving service marks Holocaust Memorial Day

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Moving service marks Holocaust Memorial Day

29 January 2020 

We held a poignant service of remembrance to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 27 January.

A service at Sandbach Town Hall was marked with a powerful recollection of wartime experiences, readings, prayers and a fitting performance from the North Cheshire Jewish Primary School choir. It concluded with the lighting of candles and a two minutes’ silence, followed by prayers.

The event was attended by council leader Councillor Sam Corcoran and deputy council leader Councillor Craig Browne and the local authority’s acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer. They were joined for the service by Kindertransport survivor Dr Peter Kurer BEM, Rabbi Dovid Lewis, of Manchester’s Bowdon Synagogue, Fr Michael Morton of St Winefride’s church in Sandbach and Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Barry Burkhill.

Cllr Sam Corcoran said: “We will continue to remember the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and never forget the sheer horror and horrendous acts that were committed on so many men, women and children. “On this 75 year anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz, I was pleased to see so many people from our local communities attend this event to honour the survivors and remember all victims of genocide.

I would like to thank Dr Kurer for his fascinating recollection of his life’s journey and the efforts of the Quakers to save so many Jews in Nazi Europe. “I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Rabbi Lewis for reminding us all of the scale of the Holocaust and the impact this had on so many families. The quote from Virgil he referenced on a recent visit to the 9/11 museum in New York was particularly poignant: ‘No day shall erase you from the memory of time’.

Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place on the same date since it was introduced in 2001. January 27 was chosen as that was the date when the Nazis’ Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet Troops in 1945.

The Holocaust resulted in the annihilation of an estimated six million Jews, two million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Since 1945, there have been several other attempted genocides across the world – including Rwanda, Cambodia and Bosnia – and these are also commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day.This was the eighth consecutive year the council has held an annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration service.

This was the eighth consecutive year the council has held an annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration service.

Group photo (from L to R) Rabbi Dovid Lewis, leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor Sam Corcoran, Father Michael Morton, Dr Peter Kurer BEM, Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Barry Burkhill, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor Craig Browne

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