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Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations
Thursday 22nd January, 2015

Two special events are being held in Wigan Borough to commemorate the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II and other genocides.

People are invited to attend Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies at the Museum of Wigan Life (9.30am) and Leigh Town Hall (11.30am) on Tuesday 27th January.

Lynda Jackson, community history manager at the museum, said: “We would like people to come along and join us in remembering the Holocaust and other atrocities that have taken place around the world. This year is particularly poignant as it is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.”

The ceremonies will include readings from local researcher and author Hilary Thomas and, in Leigh, the performance of a poem and song by year 6 children from Sacred Heart School.

The council’s cabinet member for resources, Cllr Paul Kenny, said: “It is vital that we educate future generations about these events to ensure we promote a positive, peaceful future; and I would encourage everyone to take some time to reflect on this during Holocaust Memorial Day.”

Mayor of Wigan Council, Cllr Phyllis Cullen, added: “I think it is very important that people never forget the terrible tragedy of so many innocent lives lost during this horrendous persecution. This is a day when we have the opportunity to pay our respects.”

Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call 01942 828128 and wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Holocaust Memorial Day is co-ordinated nationally by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. For more information, visit the website – www.hmd.org

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