Redditch remembers Holocaust victims

By Connie Osborne Tuesday 28 January 2014 Updated: 28/01 16:41

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Buy photos » Mayor Wanda King, Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke and MP Karen Lumley lead the procession to Worcester Square.

RESIDENTS and dignitaries gathered together to commemorate the millions of victims who died at the hands of the Nazis.

More than 100 people walked from the Town Hall to Worcester Square in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre as part of a ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial day on Saturday (January 25).

Speakers including Mayor Wanda King, MP Karen Lumley and holocaust survivor Eva Clarke, read out stories to pay their respects to the six million Jewish people killed during the Holocaust as well as those affected by genocide in countries such as Cambodia, Kenya and Bosnia.

Children from Astwood Bank First School's choir sang songs to mark the occasion, while the Polish Youth group also performed along with children from the Kerala Cultural Association.

Those present took part in a moving statement of commitment and pledged to speak out and protect people from inhumane acts, while the crowd was then invited to place a white rose into a basket to humanise those who were deprived of humanity and dignity before their death.

The procession carried on to the Holocaust marker on Church Green where the basket was laid and a poem was read out, before people returned to the Town Hall where Mrs Clarke told the moving story of her mother Anka Bergman.

MP Karen Lumley said: "It is important we never forget what happened all those years ago but also that it still continues to happen and we must all work together to stamp out these atrocities."

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