VIDEO: Candlelit vigil in tribute to victims of Holocaust

People in Sheffield paused to remember those who died in the Holocaust during a moving candlelit vigil.

The event marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day – the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in 1945 – to pay tribute to those who died and reflect on the importance of a free, tolerant and democratic society.

The Holocaust Service takes place in Sheffield's Winter Gardens.

The Holocaust Service takes place in Sheffield's Winter Gardens.

Coun Vickie Priestley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, said: “The Holocaust was, and still is, a shadow over Europe’s past and even now the events of more than 70 years ago still resonate in the community.

“There are members of the community and families here in Sheffield who still bear the scars.”

A number of groups and individuals contributed to the well-attended event in the Winter Garden in the city centre, including retired teacher Sue Pearson, who was brought to Sheffield as a child to save her from atrocities taking place in her home country of Czechoslovakia.

She said: “I was one of the lucky ones brought to Sheffield and I’m proud to live in this community which rightly calls itself the City of Sanctuary.

“I found a home in Sheffield, where I have spent most of my life.

“Thank you for having me and for having this occasion to commemorate my family among others. I was the sole survivor of that family.”

The Out Aloud choir ended the evening with a performance of Testimony: We Will Remember, before everybody was invited to light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

n Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, marked the day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons. He also spoke at a Holocaust memorial event at Sheffield Road Baptist Church, Barnsley.