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Inverness interfaith group to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is on January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Holocaust Memorial Day is on January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Inverness Interfaith Group is commemorating this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)at Inverness Town House on Monday January 27.

HMD is the international day of remembrance for six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The event, themed Stand Together, will be held between 7 – 9 pm, with depute provost, councillor Graham Ross welcoming visitors.

He said: “Holocaust Memorial Day gives an opportunity for people to come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future, and to challenge prejudice and the language of hatred.”

Guest speaker is Judy Russell, a second generation Holocaust survivor, and who will talk about the experiences of her family.

Both her parents spent time in Nazi camps and suffered family loss.

Her talk will also focus on her step-father Ernest Levy who arrived in Scotland in 1961, and wrote two books about his life, ‘Just One More Dance’ and ‘The Single Light’.

Rolf Schmidt, Chairman of the Inverness Interfaith Group, said: “Towards the end of the evening, we will welcome pupils from Cradlehall Primary School to participate in a candle lighting ceremony – a traditional way of remembering those who died and reflecting on the messages of the day.”

For information about the event, contact the secretary of the Inverness Interfaith Group, Tom Mackenzie, email: atmackenzie9@gmail.com.

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