Marking the Holocaust

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PEOPLE across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire will take part in events on Thursday to commemorate one of history’s greatest atrocities.

Holocaust Memorial Day marks the day the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated on January 27 1945 - bringing an end to a genocide in which an estimated six million Jews were massacred.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has this year - the 11th since the memorial day was founded - asked participants to take part in the theme of ‘Untold Stories’.

Organisers want to remember those who died in the Holocaust or other genocides by reading, telling or listening to the individual stories of those involved.

They hope it will enable participants to see past the staggering numbers involved - and appreciate the real life stories behind the tragedy.

In Sheffield a candlelit ceremony is being held in the Winter Garden from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law will lead the ceremony, which will involve a series of reflections, music and stories.

Members of the Rotherham Youth Cabinet will hold a special service at Rotherham Town Hall from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and Mayor of Rotherham Coun Rose McNeely will officially open the event.

The main event in Barnsley took place at the Baptist Church on Sunday, but Barnsley library services are supporting the Untold Stories theme.

Throughout this week the central Library on Shambles Street will be displaying the book of condolence and relevant books and films.

Chesterfield Council will mark the event by showing a film at the town hall.

There will also be a book of commitment available for signing until February 4.

Residents can sign one of four commemoration books at Council House, Saltergate, Dronfield Sports Centre, Sharley Park Leisure Centre and Eckington Swimming Pool.