Hundreds of people paid a moving silent tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in Sheffield.
This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day event in the Winter Garden had a special poignancy as it marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.
The hour-long event saw speakers from different religions and backgrounds come together to spread a message of peace.
The packed memorial, attended by more than 300 people, included a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities.
Candles were also lit by those in attendance, including Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Peter Rippon and Rabbi Yonosan Golomb, from Sheffield’s Jewish Orthodox Community.
Rabbi Golomb said it was vital for future generations to remember the lessons of the Holocaust.
“Seventy years later, the wound is still raw and the healing is still in progress. The only weapon to combat such evil revisiting humanity again is to keep the memory alive and to teach the next generation just how bad racism in all its forms can get.”
Poems were read and music performed, while powerful speeches were given by representatives of groups including the Sheffield Federation of Mosques, the Sheffield Humanist Society and LGBT Sheffield. Father Keith Ryder-West, the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, got the audience to recite a ‘Statement of Commitment’ to remember the events of the Holocaust, which saw millions of Jews and other persecuted minorities killed.