'Build Bridges in the Community Lest We Forget the Terrible Events' SERVICE TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE

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'Build Bridges in the Community Lest We Forget the Terrible Events' SERVICE TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE


Byline: LIZ DAY liz.keen@walesonline.co.uk

CARWYN JONES will today lead tributes to millions of Jews and others killed during the Second World War as Wales marks Holocaust Memorial Day.

The First Minister will today join a national service of remembrance in Cardiff, on the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The First Minister said: "The very word Holocaust brings to mind images from the darkest recesses of human history, where hate and intolerance led to the death of millions of fellow humans."

He added: "Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to take the time to remember those who died and those who survived the atrocities of genocide.

"These terrible events are not something from hundreds of years ago, but are a part of our recent history and to remember them contributes to our determination as a society for such horrors never to happen again."

More than one million people, mostly Jews, died at Auschwitz before it was liberated by the allied forces in 1945. Many of those who died were killed in gas chambers.

National Holocaust Memorial Day was started by the UK Government in 2001 and takes place on January 27 every year.

Organisers say the day of remembrance is also intended to honour victims of genocide around the globe, including those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Wales' national commemoration has been organised by Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government and will be held at 1pm in City Hall.

The First Minister is expected to give a reading and lay a wreath alongside the leader of Cardiff Council Heather Joyce, South Wales Jewish Representative Council member Norma Golten and secretary general of the Muslim Council of Wales Saleem Kidwai.

The theme of this year's day of remembrance is "Communities Together: Build a Bridge". Ms Joyce said: "It's important that Holocaust Memorial Day is marked in the city to ensure these terrible events in history and which, unfortunately, still happen today are never forgotten."

She added: "Remembering the mistakes of the past helps us to ensure they never happen again. The communities together theme highlights how important it is for people to respect those in their community."

Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: "Whole communities were completely destroyed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, which is why we are asking people to honour Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 by building bridges within their communities.

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