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Holocaust Memorial Day events in Suffolk grow in 2011
Kindertransport plaque at Lowestoft railway station
The plaque at Lowestoft railway station was unveiled in January 2010

A train station, schools and a visitor from Rwanda are all playing their part in this year's Holocaust Memorial Day in Suffolk.

There are remembrance services at Lowestoft railway station, where Jewish children arrived in 1938, and the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

Holocaust survivor Frank Bright, whose family was killed during World War II, will be telling his story in schools.

The theme of this year's events is Untold Stories.

A plaque was unveiled at Lowestoft railway station in 2010 to commemorate the arrival there of the estimated 200 'kindertransport' children who were evacuated from Nazi Europe in the run up to World War II.

They were billeted at a number of places including Pontins, Pakefield and St Felix School, Southwold.

They escaped the fate of the estimated 6m Holocaust victims killed by the Nazis.

Refugees' journey

Jo McCallum, community development officer at Waveney District Council, said: "Last year we had two middle schools and they actually re-enacted the final part of those refugees' journey.

"Some of the students that are coming along this year will be going off to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in a couple of weeks as part of their studies.

"We will be focusing not just on the Holocaust, but on modern day genocides such as Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda."

A wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the railway station at 10.30am on Thursday, 27 January.

It is followed by a invitee-only day of events at Lowestoft Town Hall involving high school pupils from Sir John Lehman in Beccles, Denes High in Lowestoft and Bungay High.

Ernest Rwamucyo
Ernest Rwamucyo in Bury St Edmunds for a sporting visit

Rwanda in Bury

Ernest Rwamucyo, the Rwandan High Commissioner, will be taking part in the commemoration event in Bury St Edmunds' Abbey Gardens at 10.30am on Friday, 28 January.

Mr Rwamucyo said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is a national and international day which provides us with an opportunity to commemorate the victims, honour the survivors and to make a personal commitment to stand up to hatred."

Ian Houlder, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, said: "Bury St Edmunds is looking forward to hosting the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams training camp in 2012 and a vital element of the Olympics is the cultural legacy.

"Holocaust has shaped both our national psyches and we share the commitment to preventing it ever happening again."

The public commemoration takes place at the 'white garden' where snowdrops will be planted.

Frank Bright
Frank Bright (14) at school in Prague with fellow Jewish refugees

Frank Bright's story

Suffolk's Holocaust survivor Frank Bright, who lives in Martlesham Heath, will be continuing to tell his story to schoolchildren.

He will be at Claydon High on Tuesday, 25 January where pupils will be creating a piece of drama based on the kindertransport rescue missions.

Mr Bright will be telling his life story which took him from Berlin to Prague, Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and eventually Britain.

Nikki McGuiness, community co-ordinator at Claydon High said: "It is only when we look through the eyes of real human beings that we can truly understand the devastation of this horrific event in history."

Northgate High , Ipswich is holding a Holocaust Community Event on Wednesday, 26 January.

Waterfront play

The waterfront is the focal point for events in Ipswich.

There is an exhibition at the University Campus Suffolk building on 26/27 January.

Eddy Alcock, the Conservative chairman of Suffolk County Council, said: "The theme Untold Stories is instrumental in helping remember those whose lives were lost or irrevocably altered during this time and to understanding how issues such as inclusion and exclusion still have a profound effect on our society today."

The following week just along the quay, the Jerwood DanceHouse is the venue for a play about the Holocaust.

Five by Lorena Cenci is described as a drama about five prisoners that try to come to terms with their time in Auschwitz.

The play features song, dance and dialogue and it runs from Monday, 31 January until Friday, 4 February.

There will be an excerpt from the play at the UCS exhibition at lunchtime on Thursday 27 January.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held annually on 27 January - the day Auschwitz was liberated in 1945.




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