People invited to attend Holocaust memorial service in Caister
PUBLISHED: 12:35 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 17 January 2018
A Holocaust Memorial Day service will be held in the Great Yarmouth borough to remember the six million Jews and other persecuted peoples who perished under the Nazi regime during the Second World War.
There will be short civic ceremony held at Caister Borough Cemetery, off Ormesby Road, on Saturday, January 27, at 11am.
Led by the Rev Canon Simon Ward, the annual service, which will also be attended by civic dignitaries, will include a two-minute silence. Bread will be passed to attendees as a token of remembrance, and Kerry Robinson-Payne, the mayor of the borough, will lay a wreath on behalf of residents.
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For those wishing to pay their respects in private, all three of the borough’s Jewish burial places, including Blackfriars Jewish Cemetery, in Blackfriars Road, and Kitchener Road Jewish Cemetery, will be open from dawn to dusk on the day.
Holocaust Memorial Day, promoted by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, a national charity, is a day for everyone to remember the millions killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
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January 27 marks the day Auschwitz Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated in 1945. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is “The Power of Words”, encouraging people to reflect on how words make a difference – both for good and evil.
Cllr Robinson-Payne said: “We hold this service annually in Great Yarmouth because we think it is important to continue to remember the Holocaust as a human tragedy that must never happen again, and to pay our respects to those who suffered.
“Holocaust Memorial Day is also a chance to honour the survivors of regimes of hatred, and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of history to inform our lives today. I hope to see many people at Caister Borough Cemetery this year.”