Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Millions of Reasons to Remember

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Millions of Reasons to Remember

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

HOLOCAUST Memorial Day was honoured across the North East on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

And events were organised around the theme - Keep the Memory Alive.

In North Tyneside, Rabbi Aaron Lipsey lit a candle at a memorial plaque at the council's headquarters before guest speaker George Loble talked about his experiences.

Mr Loble came to England in 1939 as a 12-yearold boy from an affluent family in Bamberg. He left his parents behind, speaking virtually no English, with only a few clothes and 10 shillings - the maximum amount he was permitted to take abroad. He was given a new home in England and his parents joined him two months later. They moved to Gateshead, but sadly his grandmothers were not so fortunate and died in the camps.

At the service were pupils from Waterville Primary, Star of the Sea RC Primary, Norham High School, Churchill Community College and Monkseaton High School, along with veterans, religious leaders, councillors and officers.

Youngsters from Wallsend's Holy Cross RC Primary performed a song they wrote especially for the ceremony, working with singer songwriter Phil Caffrey.

More than 170 people attended the event including Father Andrew Faley of St Edward's RC Church, Rev Tony Curtis of St Mark's Church, and John Anderson, former Newcastle United footballer, representing Show Racism the Red Card. …

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