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Remembering the Holocaust

by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2008-01-27



More than 1,600 people have attended Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The European Capital of Culture city was the focus of this year's national event which falls on the 1946 liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and featured a programme of music, speeches, poetry and personal testimonies from survivors and relatives.

Among those attending were Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears, Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

"On Holocaust Memorial Day, we reflect on the lessons society can learn from the Holocaust and other genocides in an effort to tackle the intolerance and prejudice that still exists in the UK today," said Christine Shaw from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

This year also saw involvement from The Muslim Council of Britain who had previously boycotted the event claiming the day did not reflect other genocides.

"The fact is that racism still exists, that genocide is taking place in Darfur, and genocide has happened since the Holocaust, for instance Cambodia and Rwanda," said Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock. "This is an opportunity for people to come together and say 'never again' and mean it and act upon it."