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Holocaust memorial day in Leeds

Holocaust Memorial Day at Leeds Town Hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A service has been held in Leeds to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Around two hundred people attended the service, at leeds town hall, where lord mayor councillor thomas murray lit a candle to mark the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp - and in memory of those who perished in the holocaust

Holocaust commemoration service

Remembering those who suffered in the Holocaust Credit: Calendar news

There will be commemoration services in the region today, ahead of Holocaust Memorial day tomorrow, to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

In Leeds, an event at the city's town hall will be hosted by the Lord Mayor and include speakers, live music and a performance by young people. The Lord Mayor, councillor Thomas Murray said:

"The journeys and stories detailing the experiences of those people who suffered greatly during the Holocaust should never be forgotten, and events such as these are a chance to both reflect and remember those people who were both victims and survivors."

And in York this evening, those who died in Clifford's Tower will also be remembered, with a candle-lit ceremony of prayer, the laying of stones and music.

Councillor Sonja Crisp said: "These journeys affect us all. In remembering and acknowledging the past we can each help to promote a more tolerant and inclusive society for the future and not repeat the terrible mistakes of history."

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Students shocked by Auschwitz visit

Students who visited Auschwitz this week said they could not put into words the shock they felt after learning about the events which happened at the camp.

From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe.

Around 1.3m people were reported to have died there - but some say the figure could be as high as 2.5m.

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Students visit Auschwitz

Auschwitz

It's one of the most horrific stories in human history. Of the six million people who were killed in World War two, more than a million were murdered in just one place - Auschwitz.

In order to show today's teenagers the extent of what happened there, the Holocaust Educational Trust took 200 students from schools across the Calendar region to Poland this week.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Remembering those who died in the Holocaust Credit: Calendar news

Events are being held throughout the region to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. At Leeds Town Hall an event to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau takes place on Sunday January 27th, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle.

It will feature speakers, live music and performances to honour the day 68 years before when the camp in Poland was liberated by allied troops. The Lord Mayor will light a candle to commemorate all those who have been affected by the Holocaust and also more recent genocides .

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

It is in memory of the darkest chapter in the history of York’s Jewish community. On March 16th 1190 a wave of anti-Semitic riots culminated in the massacre of an estimated 150 Jews – the entire Jewish community of York – who had taken refuge in the royal castle where Clifford’s Tower now stands.