CITY UNITES IN MEMORY OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS; Wreaths Laid for Auschwitz Anniversary

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Byline: JADE WRIGHT

WREATHS were laid in Liverpool to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Community leaders gathered in St John's Gardens in the city centre in memory of all the people who lost their lives in the Holocaust and other acts of genocide around the world.

Council leader Joe Anderson joined Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Prendergast and Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg to lay wreaths on behalf of the people of Liverpool.

Cllr Anderson said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is a poignant reminder of the atrocities which were committed before and during World War II.

"It is right that Liverpool comes together to remember those who died. This was one of the human race's most shameful moments.

"The least we can do is to remember those who died and suffered and to say that we will never let it happen again."

Hundreds of invited guests also attended a moving ceremony at the Town Hall to pay tribute to those who died in the Holocaust and in the subsequent genocide in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.

Cllr Prendergast said: "Today is a time for reflection and remembrance, an opportunity to bring together people of all faiths and ages to learn the lessons of history and to ensure they are never repeated. …