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People across the Channel Islands remember those who died during the Holocaust

Today marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with memorial services taking place across the islands. Credit: ITV Channel TV

People in the Channel Islands are remembering those who died during the Holocaust.

Today marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with memorial services taking place across the islands.

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People laid wreaths at St Julian's Pier in Guernsey and attended a service held at the Town Church.

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The Very Reverend spoke to honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust is one of the most defining moments of human history in the last century, and there are particular residencies in Guernsey because of the Occupation because of the forced labourers who were brought here from Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

But, perhaps particularly because, from this island three Jewish women were taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau where they were killed in the Holocaust.

We are part of the human race. This touches the whole of humanity, and it is so important that we have the opportunity to remember.

– The Very Reverend, Tim Barker

Commemorative performances including a quartet, a poetry reading and choir were performed by the Guernsey Music Service, the Guernsey College for Further Education, and The Ladies' College.

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A memorial flame created by a group of three students and three teachers from The Ladies' College in Guernsey will be displayed in London today as part of a national art exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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The Jersey Memorial Holocaust flame has also been chosen as one of 75 to be displayed at the Memorial Day.

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Jersey's Bailiff, Timothy Le Cocq, focused on the 21 Islanders who died in German camps and prisons during the Occupation in his speech.

A wreath-laying ceremony then followed at the Lighthouse Memorial on the New North Quay. The commemoration was led by the Lieutenant Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.

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The Bailiff, Assistant Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham, faith leaders, the LGBTQ+ community, wartime evacuees and relatives of the Jersey 21 and Occupation slave and forced workers also laid wreaths.

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