Communities set to mark memorial day

IN the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, Father’s House are staging an exhibition at St George’s Hall on Monday and Tuesday and at Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday and Friday.

Father’s House, led by Pastor Mike Fryer, will be questioning the general public about the Holocaust.

On Thursday (7pm) at the Hornby Library in Liverpool Central Library, Merseyside Unite Against Fascism is holding a commemoration, including readings of Holocaust survivors’ testimonies by, amongst others, Michelle Hayward and Teresa Griffin MEP.

On Sunday, January 28 (7pm), there will be a performance of Anne Frank’s Dad, Otto by John Gorman.

This will be followed by the 50-strong Voices for Peace choir, led by Perri Alleyne-Hughes, which will perform peace songs.

Entrance to this event, at Princes Road Synagogue, is £5 per person or £2 for students.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson, will attend a Holocaust Memorial Day service on Sunday, January 28 (1.30pm), at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport.  

The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women are one of the partners in the event, which will feature pupils from local schools and colleges.

Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public.

Cllr Robinson said: “It’s a time for us all to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides.

“At the annual service in Southport, we unite the many diverse strands of our communities and demonstrate how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today for a safer, better future.”

St Helens Council are hosting a series of special events.

On Monday, local musician Julia Cadman will perform her unique composition Minority Language for the first time at Rainhill Library, with support from a choir and dancers.

Attendees can also view the ‘Rescues of the Holocaust: Remembering Raoul Wallenberg and Lives Saved’ exhibition, which is on loan from the Wiener Library.

A formal commemoration ceremony will take place in St Helens Town Hall on Friday (10am) which will see performances and readings from school children based on the theme ‘The Power of Words’.

This event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance by visiting

St Helens residents are being urged to show their contempt for hate crime by signing an online pledge at

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