Holocaust memorial event at County Hall

Northumberland County Council held an event in remembrance of those who died through persecution during the Holocaust and by the hand of genocide since.

The event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 took place on Wednesday 26 January in the Council Chamber, County Hall in Morpeth and was hosted by two members from youth parliament.

“Dona Nobis Pacem” piano piece played as attendees arrived at the event, followed by the lighting of memorial candles.

A presentation was given by students of Astley Community High School who recently visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, to share their experience. Attendees then listened to a piper while participating in music reflection.

A short film by Alysoun Sharpe was screened which followed this year’s theme “How Can Life Go On?” Following on, Emad Raad, a Syrian refugee gave a personal testament about his own experiences.

To complete the memorial, a blessing was given from Rabbi Aaron Lipsey.

County councillor Bernard Pidcock MBE said: “It is of the utmost importance that we remember these shocking moments in history where far too many lives were lost because of unjust hatred and persecution. If we continue to remember, then there is hope that we can learn from it so that it never happens again.

“Since the Holocaust there have been subsequent genocides worldwide and this can only echo the fact that more needs to be done to raise awareness of how to recognise prejudice and how to stop it.

“Unfortunately in this day and age, remembrance events like this are more poignant than ever.”
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