Pupils from schools in Abergavenny will lead the town’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations at St Mary’s Priory Church on January 27th at 11am
Keep the Memory alive is the theme for 2015.
The 27 January 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 2015 will also be the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. The Vicar of Abergavenny, Canon Mark Soady said, “Given these Anniversaries it is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory.”
Preserving memories, keeping diaries and passing on memories all represent forms of resistance and ways of preserving the identity of both survivors and those who were murdered. Survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust or subsequent genocides have memories which are first-hand, personal testimonies that can educate us and inform our commemorations. They can share the memories of their lives before genocide, their experiences during it and the process of rebuilding their lives afterwards.