A number of events are to be held in Leeds to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This Sunday January 25, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun David Congreve will be hosting a civic remembrance event at Leeds Town Hall from 2pm. Included in this year’s programme will be an exhibition by Pyramid of Arts and a theatre performance by young people from Escape Contemporary Youth Theatre.
Holocaust survivors Iby Knill and Eugene Black with Lilian Black from the Holocaust Survivor’s Friendship Association will also light a candle created by world-renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor as part of a national initiative which will see 70 specially designed candles lit at Holocaust Memorial Day events across the UK.
“A traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by the chairman of Bradford Synagogue, Rudi Leavor will also feature in the afternoon, which is free and open to the public.
Coun Congreve said:“As part of commemorations marking Holocaust Memorial Day a range of events will be taking place in Leeds.
“This includes a civic remembrance event at Leeds Town Hall on 25 January, which is free and open to everyone, and will provide the opportunity for people to come together and remember those people who were both victims and survivors of this truly terrible event.
“With 2015 also being the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, it is more important than ever to keep the memory of what happened in the Holocaust alive for future generations.”