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Victims and survivors of the Holocaust remembered at West Lothian memorial day event

Victims and survivors of the Holocaust were remembered at a special Holocaust Memorial Day event at Howden Park Centre on Friday January 25.

30 January
HMD 2019

Holocaust Memorial Day is held annually, and is a day to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and the ongoing genocide in Darfur.

Each year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses a different theme to enable audiences on Holocaust Memorial Day to learn something new about the past.

The theme for this year was Torn from Home, and explored what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes because of persecution or threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the suffering is over.

At the Howden Park memorial event there was a performance by Springfield Primary School Choir and a presentation by the West Lothian Glitter Cannons Youth Group. Life stories were also read out to recognise and reflect on the struggle and heartbreak of those caught up in genocides, and stories of how life has gone on after such tragedy.

Memorial prayers were led by Reverend John Povey, Chair of West Lothian Faith Group and Lord Julian Goodman, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation.

Depute leader of West Lothian Council, Kirsteen Sullivan, who opened the event, said: "West Lothian Council is proud to host a Holocaust Memorial Day event.  We can all take a valuable lesson from today's event and continue to promote diversity and equality within West Lothian and beyond."

Provost Tom Kerr added: "West Lothian is a community where residents are educated about tolerance and acceptance, and Holocaust Memorial Day allows us to reflect on the trauma and loss and recognise the need for peace.  Today's ceremony gave us all a powerful reminder that hatred, discrimination and racism can only lead to the downfall of society."

 

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