Victims of Holocaust to be remembered at vigil

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Members of communities across Sheffield will come together tomorrow to remember those who lost their lives during the Holocaust and more recent genocides.

The Winter Garden will host various events, including short films and poster displays as part of Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as a candlelit vigil at 5.30pm.

This year’s event marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield Council cabinet member for communities and public health, said: “Every year, we look back to reflect on the persecution that has affected millions over the years.

“It is important to remember what others have been through, so that we can learn from their experiences and work together to wipe out discrimination and create a safer future.

“We welcome anyone from any walk of life to join us next week and remember.”

Chief Rabbi Golomb, of the Sheffield Jewish Orthodox Community, said: “A generation after the liberation of prisoners from Auschwitz, the only weapon to combat such evil revisiting humanity is to keep the memory alive and to teach the next generation just how bad racism and the like can get.

Emily Lester, from Side by Side drama group, which is involved in the vigil, said: “Memories can be painful, but they make us who we are.

“The Holocaust is not just a warning from the past, but more a contemporary issue.

“It cannot, and should not, be an event consigned only to history.

“For the sake of our future we must remember our past.”

n For more information about what is taking place this year, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/hmd