Wales and Survivors Remember Holocaust

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Byline: Gregory Walton Reporter gregory.walton@walesonline.co.uk

FIRST Minister Carwyn Jones yesterday led a memorial service to victims of the Holocaust yesterday saying Wales has a "duty" to keep history alive.

He was joined by survivors from the Holocaust, which cost the lives of six million European Jews between 1933 and 1945. It is 69 years since the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz was liberated by Allied forces.

The First Minister, who gave a reading of Luke 13 in Welsh, said: "We must make sure that the memory of these events is preserved from generation to generation so that such horrors cannot be repeated."

Swansea-based author Heini Gruffudd spoke of how his German-Jewish mother was forced out of Germany by the Nazis but found refuge in Rhondda.

Mr Gruffudd said: "It was my mother's fortune that she was betrayed - in the Rhondda she found a Welsh-speaking community which accepted her.

"This was so far removed from the perfected system of evil in Nazi Germany."

He also spoke out against the ongoing conflicts in Sudan and Syria, describing them as "a hatred that still prevails."

Cardiff council, which along with the Welsh Government organised the event at Cardiff's City Hall, was represented by cabinet member for communities, Lynda Thorne.

Ms Thorne said of the event: "It was so moving to hear a real-life story.

"I think what was even more moving were the two young girls who spoke about how they had been affected by their experiences visiting and finding out about it. …