Remembering the Holocaust

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The town will be remembering the victims of the Holocaust next weekend.

Hastings Borough Council is hosting the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Service at St Mary in the Castle at 11am on Saturday, January 24.

Organiser Brian Linke said: “Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is an especially important commemoration as it marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and 20 years since the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Our theme for this significant milestone year is ‘Keep the memory alive’.

“We are looking forward to our community coming together to remember victims of the Holocaust and those whose lives have been affected by exclusion and hatred in subsequent genocides. This year’s service will have His Excellency, Andris Teikmanis, the Latvian Ambassador, telling us about wartime Riga and the monuments in the Rumbala forest that ‘Keep the Memory Alive’.

“Others will have their own stories to tell. By listening to their stories we can understand the need to work together to create a society which is free from discrimination and hatred. Learning lessons from the past creates a safer, better future. Not remembering the Holocaust means to side with the executioners against its victims; not to remember means to kill the victims a second time; not to remember means to become an accomplice of the enemy. On the other hand, to remember means to feel compassion for the victims of all persecutions. By solemnly commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust, we will keep history in mind, never forget the past, and create a better future. Unesco noted that the Holocaust was a turning point in human history. Understanding its significance remains of great importance today. It can help students engage in a critical reflection about the root causes of genocide and foster their commitment to nurture peace and human rights.”

Admission is free but by ticket only. Tickets are available from Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Hastings Library and Bexhill Library.