Staff and students from schools across Bolton came together yesterday to commemorate the Holocaust Memorial Day, 72 years after the liberation of Auschwitz.
The event held at UTC Bolton featured readings, prayer and musical performances by pupils, and community and civic leaders.
The service began with a short performance of the theme from Schindler’s List by the Bolton School Boys’ Division Violin Quartet before an introductory speech by the Vicar of Bolton Canon Matt Thompson.
The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Lynda Byrne, said: ‘Sadly, over the years and even today, we can witness the acts of genocide, which has resulted in innocent people having to go through unbelievable hardship, sufferings and inhumane treatment.
‘It is important that we do make time to remember victims of such atrocities in which mainly innocent people lost their lives. These atrocities deprive such communities of their basic rights, their dignity and ultimately their lives.’
The speech was followed by the lighting of candles by children from eight schools in Bolton as well as by community and religious leaders.
Pupils gave readings and performed poems before Rabbi Joseph Lever of the United Synagogue performed a Jewish Memorial Prayer called Hazkarah spoken in English and in Hebrew.
Cllr Linda Thomas, deputy leader of Bolton Council, concluded the ceremony.
‘I am proud to say, we in Bolton have been a welcoming town for many such communities who in turn have enriched our town with their own traditions and cultures,’ she said.
‘We in Bolton are particularly proud of the work we do for community cohesion and support the various faiths, community groups and numerous organisations who work in partnership to enhance peace, harmony and building trust between communities.’
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