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by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-01-27

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

A concert at Cardiff's Millennium Centre was the highlight for events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. This year, is the 61st anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz and Cardiff took centre stage to remember all those were murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War.

"This year’s theme, 'One Person Can Make Difference', is designed to signpost the responsibility which each and every one of us has to oppose racism, xenophobia and discrimination in all their forms," said Dr Stephen Smith, Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
 
The concert, produced by English Shakespeare Company founder Michael Bogdanov was introduced by Eva Clarke, who was born at Mauthausen camp in Austria, in April 1945.
 
The production honoured all those who risked their lives to save other during the Holocaust and also honour those in recent times who risk their lives to save others from genocide in places such as Rwanada.
 
Those honoured included Charles Fawcett and Varian Fry for their work in Marseille, France in which they rescused hundreds of Jewish people. Taking to the stage in a wheelchair, Mr Fawcett said: "I thought we could make a difference. It's a responsibility people have."
 
As well as political and religious figures, others taking part include Welsh Opera Singer, Katherine Jenkins, The Penylan Synagogue Choir and the National Dance Company of Wales and Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE.
 
Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "As we remember the horror, the agony, the merciless tyranny of the holocaust, we remember that for all its force it was not strong enough to overcome them - the ones who made the difference."
 
Children from across Wales read a special poem written by Gillian Clarke, Cardiff’s 2005 Centenary Poet.
 
"It is an incredibly important occasion and is it is a privilege for us to be allowed to show our respects for all those people who did make a difference during this dark period in our history," said Cardiff Council Leader Rodney Berman.
 
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