Lowestoft to hold Holocaust memorial service

The victims of the Holocaust will be remembered in Lowestoft on Friday.

Waveney District Council is marking annual Holocaust Memorial Day with a civic ceremony at Lowestoft railway station at 10.30am. The commemorations will be led by the council's chairman, Peter Collecott, and the mayor of Lowestoft, Nick Webb.

Capt Paul McDonough will read a prayer and provide a moment of reflection in memory of the millions of Jews and other minorities who were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust or lost their lives in other genocides.

The annual service is held at the station in recognition of the 200 Jewish child refugees who arrived there in December 1938 to be billeted across the region.

Holocaust Memorial Day has been held every year in Britain since 2001.

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The official date of the memorial event is January 27 to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945, but the ceremony in Lowestoft has been moved to Friday from Sunday so that more people can take part.

Mr Webb said: 'Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance to look back at the horrors perpetuated by the Nazis but it is also about learning the lessons from that time and the subsequent genocides in other parts of the world and applying them to the current day to create a safer, better future.'

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Members of the public are welcome to attend the event.

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day, visit http://hmd.org.uk/

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