Holocaust Memorial Day in York
5:57am 27th January 2010
We can only imagine what its like being separated from our families, and face the constant fear of death just because of our faith.
But just 65 years ago it was a reality for thousands of Jews during World War 2. A special event is being held in York to remember those who died in the Concentration Camps.
This will be based around the national theme for this year's commemorations, which is The Legacy of Hope and marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the tragic loss of life in the genocides of World War II, in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. It also presents an opportunity to remember the victims of ongoing conflicts around the world, such as in the Middle East and promote the themes of reconciliation and tolerance.
Schools in York including All Saints School, Fulford School, Joseph Rowntree School, York High School and Archbishop Holgate School have worked with the council, universities and with faith advisors to present the event, which will include drama, poetry, music and readings - in what is believed to be the only HMD ceremony of its kind in the UK
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