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Remembering the Holocaust

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-01-26

Events will be taking place across the country on Sunday to mark the UK's annual Holocaust Memorial Day.  January 27th will mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp - and as well as commemorations taking place in London, there will also be events in Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds.

The theme of this year's day, Communities: Build A Bridge, will also pay tribute to the victims of genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sudan and Rwanda.

In London, events will include the showing of the I Will Art installation at the Rich Mix centre in the East End.

The installation is part of the centre's Jewish East End extravaganza, which chronicles the history of the once flourishing Jewish community in that part of the capital.

Meanwhile poet Michael Rosen will present the Holocaust-themed Persecution and Resistance at the Bloomsbury Street bookshop Bookmarks, while St John's Wood Synagogue will pay tribute to the workof musician and poet Victor Ullmann, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.

And those in South London can take part in a special multi-faith service at Catford Synagogue, while a show which uses poetry, dance and drama to portray the theme, featuring performers from local schools, will take place at Catford's Broadway Theatre at 4pm.

Elsewhere, Leeds' Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration will feature Hebrew memorial prayers, live performances, music from university students and speeches from local religious leaders and Holocaust survivors. The free event will kick off at Leeds Town Hall at 2pm on Sunday.

A similar event will be held at Birmingham's Town Hall, with poetry readings, prayers and testimony from Auschwitz survivors. The event begins at 2pm but doors will be open from 1.30pm to allow attendants to light candles of remembrance.

An open day at Liverpool's Town Hall, meanwhile, will feature collections of photographs from Auschwitz as well as a display of items from the Association of Jewish Refugees. Those attending will also have the chance to light memorial candles and add a card to the Bridge of Remembrance in memory of children who died in the Holocaust.

In Manchester, the Jewish Museum will pay host to Holocaust survivor Joanna Millan, who will talk about her experiences as a child in Theresienstadt. Other events in the city will also include the tying of prayer ribbons in Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon, as well as storytelling events and art exhibits on display at the Imperial War Museum North.

Events will also take place in neighbouring towns including Blackburn and Lancaster.

North of the border Edinburgh's Film House Cinema will play host to a screening of Oma And Bella, a documentary about two octogenarian Holocaust survivors who recant their experiences and the profound effect they have had on their lives since.

Glasgow's main HMD event, meanwhile, will be held on Monday January 28 in the city's Central Chambers, as will Cardiff's main event, which will take place at the City Hall in the Civic Centre.

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