Cumbria remembers the Holocaust

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and people throughout the region are gathering to remember.

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Candle lighting ceremony in Kendal

A candle on a memorial plaque at the end of the railway tracks at Birkenau Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A special candle lighting ceremony has taken place in Kendal to mark 70 years since the holocaust of World War Two.

The town is one of 70 around the country to be chosen to have a candle designed by the world renowned artist, Sir Anish Kapoor.

It was selected because of it's links to the so-called "Windermere boys" who came to the Lake District to recover after surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camps in Czechoslovakia.

Three hundred Jewish boys and girls came to the site at Troutbeck Bridge which is now the Lakes School.

One of the Windermere Boys, Joe Berger, who was 12 when he came to the Lake District, carried out the candle lighting ceremony.

He described what it was like when he first arrived in the Lake District.

"It was heaven after two and a half years in the camps. You had plenty to eat, slept in a bed, you could only go up. It was heaven."

– Joe Berger, Holocaust survivor

He said what happened must never be forgotten.

Tomorrow marks 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the largest of the Nazi death camps.

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