Students and staff at Shrewsbury College set to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Students and staff from Shrewsbury College will be hosting a special memorial service to mark the annual international Holocaust Memorial Day, later this month.

On Wednesday, 27 January - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945 - the College will hold a 30-minute service at 12noon for staff and students to attend. The service will include poignant readings by students and staff, performances by the Performing Arts choir and an invitation for people to lay a memorial stone, to represent the Jewish tradition of laying a stone instead of flowers on graves.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Phil Castle, Student Events Ambassador at Shrewsbury College, said: “We have been commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day for many years now and each year we are overwhelmed with the compassionate response and genuine interest our students show.

“Students and staff from Construction, Media, Fashion, Performing Arts, Travel & Tourism and The Futures Centre, will be contributing in some way to the day’s events.

Last year over 3,600 local activities took place across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, with people coming together in civic halls, public spaces, libraries, cinemas, workplaces, schools and universities.

Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK is supported by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “On Holocaust Memorial Day we honour the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and challenge ourselves to learn important lessons from their experiences in order to create a safer, better future. This year we have an unprecedented number of activities taking place involving people of all ages and from all walks of life, challenging us all to ensure that we don’t stand by to discrimination and hatred.”

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and the events taking place visit or follow the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Twitter via @HMD_UK and the hashtag #HMD2016.

For more information about upcoming events and courses at Shrewsbury College, please call 01743 342411,  follow the College on Facebook: ShrewsburyCollege, Twitter: @ShrewsburyCol and Instagram: shrewsbury_college

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