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Last Updated: Monday, 14 January 2008, 10:51 GMT
Survivors to launch holocaust day
Survivors of genocide are in Liverpool to help launch this year's Holocaust Memorial Day.

About 1,000 people are expected to attend the launch, which forms part of Liverpool John Moores University's annual Roscoe lecture series.

The guest speakers are survivors of persecution - one from Nazi Hungary, another from the Rwandan genocide and the military dictatorship in Burma.

The lecture will take place at St George's Hall in the city centre.

'Lessons learned'

Holocaust Memorial Day is an international remembrance day designated by the United Nations.

Mrs Trude Levi, an Auschwitz survivor, who travels across Europe to talk about her experiences, will be speaking at the launch.

Professor David Alton, Chair of LJMU's Foundation for Citizenship, which organises lectures, said: "In every generation it is our duty to forgive, but not to forget; to use our memory to recall what has gone before and to act differently in our own times.

"Contemporary genocides in Rwanda and other human rights violations clearly demonstrate that we have not properly learned the lessons of the past.

"If we are to develop new models of citizenship, we must have real respect for difference. Holocaust Memorial Day provides a moment in which to reflect and to renew our commitment to opposing tyranny in all its forms."

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