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Crowds gather to remember Holocaust
2:50pm Wednesday 29th January 2014 in Local
Karen Lumley MP at part of the Holocaust Memorial Day event. Buy photo: RCR051402_01 at redditchadvertiser.co.uk/pictures or call 01527 889030.
MORE than 100 people turned out in Redditch town centre to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a journey of remembrance.
The event, which took place on Saturday, was organised through Redditch Borough Council together with a number of community groups and individuals in the town.
Holocaust Memorial Day this year centred around the theme of journeys, with a focus on remembering the experiences of Holocaust and genocide survivors whose journeys were often forced upon them.
Two memorial ceremonies were held; at Worcester Square in the Kingfisher Centre, and at the Holocaust marker in Church Green, and a number of local children also performed songs and dances in different national costumes, as part of the Worcester Square ceremony.
The event was attended by community leaders, as well as borough councillors and MP Karen Lumley.
Ms Lumley said: “It was a great pleasure to meet survivor Eva Clark on Saturday at the Redditch Holocaust service on Saturday and listen to her talking about the tireless work she does for the cause. The memorial service was as usual very moving and also very enjoyable with music from the Kerela group and the polish youngsters along with the Astwood Bank First School.
“There were some very moving readings and it was an honour to be able to talk about Bosnia, a country I know extremely well.
“It is important we never forget what happened all those years ago, but also still continues to happen. We must all work together to stamp out these atrocities."