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Torn from Home

24 January 2019

Torn from home is the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day service to be held in Wakefield Cathedral this Sunday (27 Jan).

Civic and religious leaders will take part in the service – including Wakefield MP, Mary Creagh, the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, the Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Stuart Heptinstall, Wakefield’s Youth and Community Project leader, Usman Ali, and Simon Phillips, the Director of Interfaith for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council.

They will be joined by other representatives of Wakefield’s Interfaith Network and City of Sanctuary as together they will reflect on what an enforced loss of a safe place to call home means.

Since 2001 the Government has asked British society to observe the 27thJanuary – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - as Holocaust Memorial Day and to use it to reflect on such atrocities.

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day will also mark the 25thanniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which began in April 1994, and the 40thanniversary of the end of the genocide in Cambodia in 1979.

The service starts at 15.30 on Sunday and will include first hand video testimony from Appolinaire Kageruke on the Rwandan genocide and a video of Nina Sosanya reading the poem Colours which is dedicated to all the survivors of the Rwanda genocide.

This year’s theme, Torn from home fits in with the overarching central message of identity that Wakefield Cathedral intends to explore through worship, art, discussion and debate in the first half of this year.

Torn from home: Holocaust Memorial Day. Wakefield Cathedral 27 January 15.30

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