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Borough Gets Set to Mark National Holocaust Day
Wednesday 4th January, 2006

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, in partnership with Wigan Council, is once again participating in the National Holocaust Day remembrance on Friday 27th January 2006.

National Holocaust Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp by the Russian Army in 1945.

In Wigan at the Town Hall and Leigh at the Turnpike Centre, the commemoration ceremonies will take the established form of readings and poetry, but this year will be held indoors to avoid disruption by possible inclement weather conditions.

The theme chosen for this year’s event is ‘One Person Can Make a Difference’. This year’s event recognises the work of those who have helped the survivors of genocide attacks. In consequence of this, the organisers would very much like to hear from any ex services personnel or other individuals who were in any way involved in caring for concentration camp survivors or any other victims of genocide atrocities around the world.

“We would greatly appreciate contributions from members of the public who were directly involved with or touched by the Holocaust. We are encouraging people who would like to contribute to come forward urgently,” says Carole Tydesley, Heritage Services Manager. “To be able to share a direct personal reminiscence of such terrible atrocities would greatly add to the poignancy of the commemoration. It would bring home to the younger generation the grievous suffering of so many people, including children, that occurred not so many years ago.”

Anyone wishing to share their experiences can get in touch with Philip Butler, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, The History Shop, Library Street, Wigan, on 01942 827594 or at p.butler@wlct.org.uk.

All members of the public are welcome to attend to either ceremony, which commence at 11am at the Town Hall Atrium, Wigan (access via the Hewlett Street entrance) and at 2pm in the Derby Room, Turnpike Centre, Civic Square, and Leigh.

The Mayor Cllr. Brian Jarvis and the Mayoress Cllr. Mrs. Barbara Jarvis, will be attending both ceremonies. The Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith of Leigh is also hoping to attend.

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