Faith leaders unite for Holocaust Memorial

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Civic and faith leaders joined members of the public in Burnley to pay their respects at a sombre Holocaust Day memorial service.

Rabbi Arnold Saunders gave a reading at the Peace Garden in Croft Street, while Faith Centre ambassador Afrasiab Anwar read a Muslim Prayer of Peace and Fr Peter Hopkinson read the lesson.

Holocaust Memorial Service at the Peace Garden, Burnley.

Holocaust Memorial Service at the Peace Garden, Burnley.

Other notable figures at the service included Sabden man Mark Woodward, who is a fellow of the Imperial War Museum, Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle and Mayor of Burnley Coun. Andy Tatchell.

The Mayor said: “The service commemorates and honours all the victims of genocide, and in particular the Holocaust and asserts a commitment to oppose racism, anti-Semitism, victimisation and genocide.”

Holocaust Memorial Day is a national commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp by the Soviet Union in 1945.