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Wellingborough marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Residents from across Wellingborough are invited to join local organisations for a series of events taking place from Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 January to commemorate this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Borough Council of Wellingborough, Wellingborough Museum, and a committee of volunteers have organised a string of events taking place across the borough to honour Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place annually on 27 January. This day of remembrance brings communities together to mark the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi camp.

On Sunday 26 January from 2pm, The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jo Beirne will welcome visitors to a service of remembrance organised by the council. Guests are invited to gather by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens. A candle created by world-renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor will be lit during the service to begin a moment of reflect to honour the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “This poignant event commemorates those who sadly lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent tragic genocides. We are working with local organisations to deliver a special remembrance service which will provide residents with the opportunity to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We must do our upmost to ensure that genocides are never forgotten.”

An exhibition will take place in the Swansgate Centre from Thursday 23 January until Saturday 25 January. The commemorative display is based around the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s (HMDT) theme of ‘Stand Together’ and explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression.

Wellingborough Museum is marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday 25 January and will be hosting a talk from Holocaust survivor Uri Winterstein, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). The event will start at 11:30am in the Dulley Room. Tickets are free, but seating is limited, so please reserve tickets by calling 01933 276838.

For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust visit: www.hmd.org.uk