Holocaust Memorial Day -The Power of Words
Peterborough’s annual civic event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will this year be held on 25th January, two days before the day is observed nationally. The memorial remembers the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and the millions involved in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and Darfur. On 27th January 1945 Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by the USSR’s Red Army.
The service, based on this year’s HMD theme of “The Power of Words”, will feature readings from many of the city’s communities and local schools. Readers/speakers will include Chuck Salamon of the Hebrew Congregation, Reverend Canon Ian Black (vicar of Peterborough), the Mayor, Peterborough’s Youth MP Ayesha Khan, Year 11 students from Marshfields School, Janet Berkman from Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community, sixth form students from Jack Hunt School, Year 13 students from The King’s School, and Petr Torak from COMPAS speaking on behalf of the Roma Community. There will also be a specially written poem from the city’s poet laureate Clare Currie, and music performed by soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and pianist Zoltan Galyas. Maqsood Ahmed OBE will speak on the theme of the service: “The Power of Words”.
Following the service, a wreath will be laid at the Holocaust Memorial stone in St John’s Square by the Mayor, Councillor John Fox, and prayers will said in English, Hebrew and Arabic.
Prior to the service there will be a procession from outside the Town Hall to the west door of St John’s beginning at 11.40am. Also at 11.40am, Year 9 drama students from St John Fisher School will be performing in Cathedral Square.