All are welcome to attend a service of remembrance for the Holocaust on Monday 28 January at 2pm in St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich.
This is part of annual commemorations to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau from the terror of the Holocaust in the Second World War, a time when millions of people were discriminated against and separated from their communities under Nazi persecution. It is a time to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, as well as the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The service will be led by Associate Priest of St Peter Mancroft Church Reverend Fiona Haworth and Rabbi Roderick Young, member of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation and the Norwich Liberal Jewish Community. The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Martin Schmierer, will welcome people with a greeting.
This year’s national commemoration has the theme ‘torn from home’, and will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda. The service will include a talk from survivor, Marie-Lyse Numuhoza, who experienced the horrors of the Genocide of 1994 and has since dedicated her life to promoting human rights, social justice and social development.
‘Torn from home’ encourages us to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.
Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to honour the survivors of these atrocities and use the lessons of their experience to challenge hatred and discrimination today.
To find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day, visit www.hmd.org.uk