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Holocaust memorial held in city
The Nazis used gas at death camps like Auschwitz
People in Lancashire are to hold a special ceremony to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust memorial service will take place at Preston Minster of St John on Friday afternoon.

The event will give local people the chance to remember the communities that suffered as a result of the Holocaust and the Second World War.

The service will include music and readings from representatives of different faiths in the city.

Mayor of Preston, councillor Bill Tyson, said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the persecution that people suffered in the Holocaust and to make sure that terrible events like this are never repeated.

"The theme of this year's event is the dignity of difference and people are being asked to think about the importance of not excluding others."

More than 6m Jews were killed by the Nazis during the war.

Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 1999 to create a memorial to those who lost their lives during the persecutions.

It is held on 27 January, a date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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