Hastings to remember Holocaust


Hastings Borough Council will be hosting its annual Holocaust Memorial Day service this month.

The event will be held from 11am on Saturday, January 30 at St Mary in the Castle.

Organiser Brian Linke said: “The Holocaust Memorial Service is an opportunity for everyone to take the time to commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. By remembering those who suffered, we learn the lessons of the past and challenge ourselves to work to end discrimination and hatred.We are looking forward to our local community coming together to remember victims of the Holocaust and those whose lives have been affected by exclusion and hatred in subsequent genocides.

“This year’s service will have a talk by the Emeritus Archbishop of Southwark on the theme Don’t Stand By. Other participants using the theme will include the Acromax Performance Group working with Ark Helenswood Academy while St Richard’s College will give its interpretation of First They Came. Frances Elson will tell us the story of her family in Escape to Auschwitz, while music will be provided by Opera South East.

“We are very grateful to all those taking part in the service for their support. By listening to these stories we can understand the need to work together to create a society which is free from discrimination and hatred. Learning lessons from the past creates a better future.”

The service is open to everyone, and admission is free but by ticket only. Tickets must be obtained in advance, and are available from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Hastings Library and Bexhill Library.

The chosen date for Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27) is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945.

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