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Pausing to remember: how the region will honour victims of Holocaust

A former Auschwitz prisoner at a memorial service at Birkenau for victims of the Holocaust. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Events are to held across the region to remember victims of the Holocaust.

Liverpool Town Hall is putting on a poignant display of cards naming 1,000 children, some as young as one year old, who died.

The Lord Mayor is asking members of the public to light a candle in their memory.

Councillor Sharon Sullivan wants people to select a name card and light a candle to remember that particular youngster.

The cards will be available at the Town Hall today each carrying the name of a child, their place of birth and the date and place of their death. The Lord Mayor will also be lighting a candle in memory of a young child.

The Town Hall will be open for the lighting of candles from 10am to 4pm,

Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for quiet reflection and to remember those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. It is also an opportunity to bring together people from different communities and faiths."

At the Imperial War Museum North, in Manchester, the experiences of people who endured Nazi persecution will be revealed through objects, sound, film and a specially commissioned artwork.

The stories of individuals such as Sam Pivnik - who was interned in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp - are told in the new, permanent display. It forms part of IWM North's timeline of twentieth century conflict. Pivnik's experiences are shared in his own words through a sound recording from IWM's collections.

Visitors can see the belt he wore while in Auschwitz, as well as a piece of the electric barbed wire fence from the camp and timber from a destroyed gas chamber. A Union Jack badge is also on display, made by another Holocaust survivor to show his enthusiasm for Britain in the hope of being allowed to settle here.

Also on display is a new, specially commissioned artwork exploring how the Holocaust has shaped people's lives for generations. Created by Manchester based ceramic artist Chava Rosenzweig, the large, powerful installation contains hundreds of porcelain stars fired in a gas kiln.

At 3.30pm there will be a free performance by the Royal Northern College of Music of Steve Reich's Different Trains. Reich was a Jewish composer who travelled across America by train during the Second World War. He realised that had he been living in Nazi Europe during this period, he might have been deported to his death by rail transport, a reflection which inspired him to write this piece.

There will be more events tomorrow during a national day of commemoration.