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IN PICTURES AND VIDEO - Bromsgrove comes together for Holocaust Memorial Day

Tristan Harris 27th Jan, 2022 Updated: 27th Jan, 2022

ALMOST 100 people came together at Bromsgrove’s Sanders Park this morning to remember all those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and other atrocities.

Picture by Tristan Harris.

Because of the pandemic, it was the first time in two years the poignant Holocaust Memorial Day service – led by Bromsgrove District Council Chairman Coun Rod Laight and St John’s Church vicar Rev Ray Khan – was able to be held publicly.

Representatives from different faiths and those with no chosen faith, along with councillors and the Queen’s representative, Deputy Lieutenant Sir Nicholas Lechmere, attended the event which featured readings, pledges, prayers and reflections.

There was also the laying of stones on a rose bed – a Jewish tradition – and a song was performed by pupils from North Bromsgrove High School.

Click below to watch the video.

During the service Rev Khan said: “We need to remember the millions who have lost their lives in the Holocaust and other genocides that have happened during our recent history.

“We are lucky to have a robust democracy, even though it is not always perfect.

“At the heart of it is an important message – just be kind, be nice.”

Picture by Tristan Harris.

Coun Adrian Kriss, who was representing the Jewish community, said: “I think it’s lovely so many people came out to remember.

“It’s particularly significant for me as my grandmother was killed at Auschwitz and my grandfather was forced to work in a hard labour camp.”

Aksa Khan, from the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust, added: “After the last two years and everything everybody has been through, it was wonderful we could all come together.

“It’s important to remember the importance of solidarity and communication and it illustrates how humanity is one.

“We need to think about what has happened everyday and ensure it never happens again.”

Mr Lechmere said: “This was the first time I have attended – I found it very moving and will be returning next year.”

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