Holocaust Day memorial service planned

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The 2012 Derby Cathedral Holocaust Memorial service (Thursday 26 January 6pm) takes place the day before the actual commemoration day in acknowledgement that Friday is a day of preparation for the Sabbath.

The multi faith service commemorates all those who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

Earlier that day there will also be a traditional Jewish stone setting at the Bridge Chapel, Sowter Road (2pm). Stone setting is a Jewish Custom and will take place near to the trees dedicated to Olga Nahlak and Anne Frank (opposite the Bridge Chapel).

Everyone is invited to set stones which will be provided on the day. Olga Nahlak is remembered for saving a family of Jews by hiding them under her floorboards.

The first Holocaust Memorial Day was held on January 27 2001 to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in World War 2. This date was chosen because it is the day on which Auschwitz was liberated.

The Dean of Derby, Dr John Davies, said today: “The Holocaust was one of the darkest, perhaps the darkest, periods for our continent, our age, and our common humanity.”

He added: “To recall the loss, the bleakness, and the violence is part of remembering the shadow side of our human nature. But in the service we will also look for light, hope, and the renewing of love. So this is a big day for the Cathedral, and our culture.”