2nd March 2024

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Corby Town council came together with the community to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and more recent genocides that have taken place since.

The memorial event was hosted at The Core on Friday 27th January 2023. MP Tom Pursglove opened the evening and was followed by three keys speakers, Sean Kettle, Cllr Martyn Reuby who spoke about the evenings theme Ordinary People and Cllr Callum Reilly who talked and shared photo's of his visit to Pinkas Synagogue and Terezin.

Young people from Lodge Park Academy read 7 statements of commitments followed by the lighting of a candle and a minutes silence. The poem by an anonymous author from 1943 called Homesick was read out by Lacie Buckingham.

The evening was closed by Chordless Choir who gave beautiful renditions of Imagine and Caravan of Love.

Deputy Mayor Leanne Buckingham was quoted "This event was one of thousands that marked Holocaust Memorial Day this year, taking place in schools, places of work, prisons, churches and many more settings.

By attending, everyone has contributed to building a future which is free from genocide.

Despite the horrors of the Holocaust, we know that genocides have taken place since – indeed, the Holocaust prompted the coining of the legal term 'genocide' which has come to be used in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and more recently Ukraine.

We remembered all those that suffered during the Holocaust. Jews, Romani's, the disabled and homosexuals. Poles, Serbs and Slovenians.

Closer to home on our streets, on public transport and online, people are still facing attacks because of who they are."

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2023 12:50 by Clerk

Tags: Corby, community