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Yarmouth remembers Holocaust victims

PUBLISHED: 15:53 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:52 03 July 2010

Wreaths and flowers are laid next to a stone at Great Yarmouth's Jewish cemetery

Wreaths and flowers are laid next to a stone at Great Yarmouth's Jewish cemetery

THE unimaginable suffering of the victims of the Holocaust, more than 60 years ago, was commemorated at Great Yarmouth's Jewish cemetery on Tuesday, Holocaust Memorial Day.

THE unimaginable suffering of the victims of the Holocaust, more than 60 years ago, was commemorated at Great Yarmouth's Jewish cemetery on Tuesday, Holocaust Memorial Day.

Canon Michael Woods led the service which was attended by civic leaders and members of Norfolk's Jewish community.

In his address he said: “We gather in a place to remember a particular time in place and history where rest some of those belonging to the community of faith who suffered most in the 'final solution.' We remember with them, others who were also persecuted at that time for their lifestyles, particular beliefs and sexuality.”

He went on to say that those who have suffered elsewhere should also be remembered, including victims of suicide bombers, the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay and the children, elderly and innocent people who have been wounded or displaced in Gaza. He also said that those starving in Zimbabwe and the victims of conflicts on Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia should also be remembered.

A number of wreaths were laid including one by Great Yarmouth mayor Terry Easter.

Yarmouth MP Tony Wright, has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust. Tuesday marked the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the concentration and extermination camp.

Mr Wright said: “We must remember what they went through and also never forget the brave men and women from Britain and around the world who stood up to the Nazi regime and helped bring it to an end.”


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