Silence falls at Holocaust service

A small service was held in Yarmouth to mark The Holocaust Memorial day. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A small service was held in Yarmouth to mark The Holocaust Memorial day. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A moment of silence and the symbolic sharing of bread, brought people together inside the walls of Great Yarmouth’s oldest Jewish cemetery.

A holocaust memorial day service was held to remember the six million Jews who perished under the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

More than 30 people gathered at the small Jewish cemetery in Blackfriars Road this morning, for the annual Holocaust Memorial Day service.

Speaking to the congregation, the Reverend Grant Bolton-Debbage said we all had a duty to remember the people who lost their lives in the camps.

Shirley Powell, 88, from Norwich, attended the ceremony to remember her father who was killed in a concentration camp.

She said: “It was a beautiful ceremony. I try to attend a ceremony every year in honour of my Dad and the millions that lost their lives through such cruel times.”

Also at the ceremony was Cllr Shirley Weymouth, the mayor of the borough of Great Yarmouth and 901 Troop TS Fearless marine cadets.

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A number of people who attended the ceremony laid wreaths at the memorial.

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.

The Blackfriars Road burial ground, measuring just 13 yards (11.8 metres) by 6 yards (5.4 metres), was the first Jewish cemetery in Yarmouth, situated on a plot of land beneath the old town wall at Colby’s Gate.

The site was originally leased in April 1801 to Simon Hart, a Jewish silversmith who had lived in Yarmouth for 40 years.

Hart’s grave is one of ten in the small walled cemetery.

At the front of the plot are the graves of husband and wife Joel and Rachaal Isaacs, whose carved headstones reveal that the couple died in 1846, just a few months apart aged 98 and 82 respectively.

The Isaacs family were well-known fruiterers of Market and Broad Rows.