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The Power Of One - Remembering The Holocaust
Wednesday 25th January, 2006

People from across Wigan and Leigh will join together this Friday (Jan 27th) to commemorate one of the darkest times in human history - the Holocaust.

But special events in the borough will also use the occasion to celebrate the indomitable nature of the human spirit and mankind's ability to triumph in the face of appalling adversity.

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

The borough has a long history of remembering the holocaust and this year's theme will be: One Person Can Make A Difference.

There will be commemoration ceremonies at both Wigan Town Hall and at the Turnpike Centre in Leigh which will see readings, personal statements, poetry recitals and other testimonials.

This year's events aim to recognise the work of those who have helped the survivors of genocide attacks.

There will also be readings and performances by pupils from The Deanery and Westleigh High Schools, Wigan & Leigh College, Wigan's Reader in Residence Stephen Lythgoe and Mayor of Wigan Cllr Brian Jarvis.

Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust's Heritage Services Manager Carole Tyldesley says: "This year we wanted to recognise the those people whose brave actions directly contributed to brining about an end to the Holocaust and other genocides through history.

"We put a request out for people such as ex-service men and women to get in touch and tell us their stories. As a result we have received a number of testimonials and these will be read out on the day."

All members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremonies, which begin at 11am in the Atrium at Wigan Town Hall on Library Street or at 2pm in the Derby Room, Turnpike Centre, Civic Square, Leigh.

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