Holocaust Memorial Day

The World remembers the horrors of the Holocaust and Genocide

'Holocaust Memorial Day'

On 27 January, 1945 the Gates of Auschwitz were thrown open and the world knew!

On Holocaust Memorial Day events are held across the world to remember not only six million victims of Nazi persecution but also those, who have been murdered by acts of genocide, which are still going on to this day.

Moving ceremonies were held in Leigh and Wigan Town Halls to remember the victims across time and place and to offer hope for the future.

Both of these events were led by members of Wigan Rotary Club and there were moving performances by pupils of St. John Fisher Catholic High School and also contributions from Aukje Clegg, OBE, whose Dutch parents were leading figures in the Resistance Movement in Friesland.  Leigh Paperback Writers Group provided a moving piece of writing on this year's international theme, 'The Power of Words'.

At both events the Mayor of Wigan, Cllr. Bill Clarke, lit the 'Remembrance' candle and also spoke the words of the United Nations 'Statement of Commitment'