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Holocaust Memorial Day 2011
Rudi Leavor
Rudi Leavor - who fled Nazi Germany with his family to live in Yorkshire

Now established for a decade, the International Holocaust Memorial Day is a sombre but meaningful occasion.

This year, the Mayor of Leeds Councillor James McKenna will lead the local commemoration, lighting a candle in Leeds Town Hall.

This symbolic act commemorates those who have been affected by the Holocaust and more recent genocides such as those in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.

The candle lighting takes place on Sunday 30 January 2011.

It is part of an afternoon of commemoration at Leeds Town Hall to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, now known as International Holocaust Memorial Day.

The event - which is free and open to all - comprises a diverse and engaging programme of performances, contributions and responses by local people to the 2011 theme 'Untold Stories'.

The programme includes visual art by local schoolchildren, live music from the David Young Academy and a new piece of theatre by young people from The Carriageworks Theatre Academy.

In association with theatre company Blah Blah Blah, The Carriageworks will present a piece inspired by the life story of Holocaust survivor Eugene Black, and speeches by Makor Youth Group who have recently visited concentration camps across Poland.

The keynote speaker is Mike Love, of Together for Peace, and the event will conclude with a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by Rudi Leavor.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor James McKenna said:

"Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance for people to join together in remembrance and I look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the event. As well as remembrance, the day is about looking forward and trying to create a better, safer future for us all."

"The untold stories of victims and survivors can help us to think about ways we can work together as communities to respect and celebrate differences between us."

International Holocaust Memorial Day in Leeds takes place on Sunday 30 January 2011 at 2pm in Leeds Town Hall.

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