The double fence at Auschwitz, the first concentration camp to be liberated
Holocaust survivors, school children, and faith and civic leaders will all be marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 with events in Cambridgeshire.
A decade ago 27 January was designated Holocaust Memorial Day.
This date was chosen because on 27 January 1945 Soviet soldiers liberated the first Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
More recent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur are also remembered on this date.
Services and events taking place across the county
Thursday 27 January
• A Holocaust Memorial Service will be held at Saffron Walden's parish church,
St Mary the Virgin
• The mayor of
Councillor Keith Sharp, will lead a Holocaust Memorial Service in the city's Cathedral Square. Students from St John Fisher and Jack Hunt schools will put on a short play at 11.45 and the service gets under way at noon, including prayers from Canon Gordon Steele and Rabbi Chuck Salamon.
• An exhibition displaying poems and art work created by pupils from St John Fisher and Jack Hunt schools to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will be held at Peterborough Town Hall, from 1.30pm to 4pm.
Cambridge-based Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke
• Untold Stories is the theme of
Cambridge City Council's
civic ceremony. It will include testimonies from survivors, excerpts from a new play about Nicholas Winton (a Briton who rescued over 600 Jewish children from German-occupied Prague), and a previously untold story by Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke. It's at the Guildhall in Cambridge at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
• Six schools in Peterborough have combined forces to perform pieces around the theme of Untold Stories. It's at the
in Peterborough at 7.30pm and tickets cost £6.
• Patrick Brandon, musician and pastor at the Olive Tree in Ely, will perform material from his jazz oratorio, The Shoah to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. There will also be readings and music from the Jubilee Gospel Trio. It's at the Olive Tree, Silver Street in Ely at 7.30pm.
• Cambridge University Jewish Club is hosting a Holocaust Memorial Day film night. The Counterfeiters, a film based on the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch who was forced to help the Germans create counterfeit money, will be screened at 8.30pm. Those interested in attending must email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
• Royston Library has a display explaining Holocaust Memorial Day and is also picking up on this year's theme, Untold Stories. The library is in Market Hill, Royston.
Friday 28 January
• Untold stories of solidarity, friendship and compassion between Muslims and Jews are told in the Missing Pages university campus tour, which arrives in Cambridge today. It is co-hosted by the Islamic society & Jewish society of the University of Cambridge. It is at the University of Cambridge, Runcie Room at the Divinity Faculty at 2.30pm.
Saturday 29 January
• Numbers from Prague at 8pm at
Cambridge: A play based on the story of Nicholas Winton and the Kindertransport rescue of 1939.