Published: Thursday, 11th January 2018
The annual Holocaust Memorial Day service will be held in King’s Lynn on Sunday 21 January at the historic town hall on the Saturday Market Place.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event, and this year the theme is ‘The Power of Words’. Holocaust Memorial Day itself will be on Saturday 27 January - the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, where more than a million people were killed by the Nazi regime.
The date of 27 January has been marked in the UK since 2001, and it is also a time to reflect and remember those murdered, both in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides including Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Members of the local Jewish community will be joined by representatives from a variety of faiths and organisations for the event, which will begin at noon. The Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Carol Bower will attend the service and give a reading.
Cllr Bower said: “The Holocaust Memorial Day is a day for us to remember the innocent victims of of the Holocaust and all subsequent genocides. We must never forget those who died or the lessons learned from these dreadful tragedies and we must never allow them to happen again. This Day is an opportunity to unite and re-commit ourselves to combatting all forms of racism and prejudice. ”
Readings will also be given by representatives of the Christian and Muslim communities, the Soroptomists, the Quakers, and Access – supporting migrants in East Anglia (formerly KLARS). Children from the town’s St Martha’s Catholic Primary School will also give a reading and provide music.
Immediately following the service there will be a short wreath-laying ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial Day Tree in Tower Gardens, and everyone is then welcome to return to King’s Lynn Minster for refreshments.