Hundreds reflect on the Holocaust

Candles were lit in remembrance
Candles were lit in remembrance

HUNDREDS of people gathered at St Mary-in-the-Castle recently to remember those killed in the Holocaust by Nazis during the Second World War.

The event, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, saw speakers give moving speeches and students from Parkwood Sixth Form present a video on their recent visit to Auschwitz in Poland.

The theme was Speak Up, Speak Out, and started with Martin Niemoller’s famous reading First They Came.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd presented a film by Billie Kotting and Hermione Hawkins, of Parkwood Sixth Form, about their trip to Auschwitz.

Both Ms Rudd and borough council leader Jeremy Birch described the film and service as ‘moving’.

Mr Birch added: “We were graphically reminded that atrocities still happen today by our colleague Alex N’Tung who spoke about his experiences in Africa.

“Appropriately this year, we were reminded that the Paralympic Games were started at Stoke Mandeville by Ludwig Guttman, himself a Jew and a refugee from the Nazi regime.

“I thought the event made the point that there have been, and still are, many victims of persecution, and I would like to thank everybody involved with putting it on, especially Brian Linke, who spent a lot of time helping to organise the event, the Rev Chris Sears, who hosted it, and Barbara Rogers for the excellent arrangements at St Mary-in-the-Castle.”

The service was organised by Hastings and District Jewish Society, Christian Friends of Israel and the Council and of Christians and Jews, with support from the council.