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York Minster’s annual event to mark the national Holocaust Memorial Commemorations will see 600 candles lit in the cathedral’s Chapter House to commemorate the six million people who died in the Holocaust.
A choral evensong will take place at 5.15pm, before a procession to the Chapter House for the commemoration at approximately 6pm, where there will be light, music, readings, silence and space for quiet reflection. Everyone is welcome to attend the service and commemoration.
Holocaust Memorial Day is remembered each year on 27 January, which was the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945.
A city-wide programme of events has been planned in York to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day during January 2019.
The programme is inspired by the national theme, “Torn from Home”, and will reflect on individuals, families and communities driven out of their homes because of persecution or the threat of genocide. It will also look at the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes after genocide.
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