Holocaust Memorial Day in York

A candle burns in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Photo: ITV Yorkshire

York Council has unveiled a programme of events during January and February designed to remember those who perished in the Holocaust, honour survivors and encourage people to consider their own lives and the communities they live in today.

A survivor of the Holocaust, Edith Jayne, will talk about her ordeal - and the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Hyman, will talk about the effects of apartheid in Cape Town and why his family left South Africa.

There will also be a candle-lit commemoration of the 1190 massacre at Clifford’s Tower on Sunday 27 January. A guest choir from Moriah Jewish Day School in London will perform at the commemoration joined by pupils of Burnholme Community College.

Other events include two Jewish Heritage trails which will recall the medieval and modern Jewish community’s contribution to York’s history on Sunday 20 and 27 January.

"This year’s programme is larger and more diverse than that of previous years, including songs, performances, photographic exhibitions and lectures as well as giving opportunities for reflection and personal contemplation."

– Councillor Sonja Crisp, York Council