Commemoration events will mark Holcaust Memorial Day

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A SERIES of heartfelt presentations and commemorations is being held in Milton Keynes over the coming weeks to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2012.

Paul Salver, Humanities teacher at Leon School and Sports College, has worked closely with Milton Keynes Council and other partners organising a range of events to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

An evening of music, readings and reflections, including testimonials from students who have visited the former site of the infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz, for Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 which will take place at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone on Thursday 26 January 2012 at 7.00 pm. The event should last approximately one and a half hours.

Most of the participants at this year’s event will be local young people. Come and see the future ambition of the young of Milton Keynes as they reflect on this year’s theme, Speak Up, Speak Out, and encourage us to challenge discriminatory behaviour in our communities and neighbourhoods.

No RSVP is required. If you would like to attend please be at the Church by 6.45pm so that everyone can be seated by 7pm.

February 3rd - Just Supper 7.30pm - Presentation at 8.15 (at the Well at Willen)

Just Supper 7.30pm -Presentation at 8.15pm by Paul Salver.

To reserve a place at Open Table at 7.30pm, please ring 01908 242190 or email bookings@thewellatwillen.org.uk.

Please give 24 hours notice if a meal is required. All welcome.

Schools Event – February 7:

This year the schools event is being held at Wilton Hall, near Bletchley Park. Starting at 9.45am there will be presentations by students Callum Read and Derryn Hudson, who have visited Auschwitz, as well as testaments from genocide survivors.

Places are free on a first come, first served basis; any school wishing to attend the event should contact Paul Salver at Leon School or via e-mail on psalver@tiscali.co.uk by the end of January at the latest.

Mr Salver said: “The horrific legacy of the Holocaust is still relevant today, with events on the world stage, which show the suffering that people are still able to inflict on each other, through prejudice.

“It is important that young people are aware of this and play an active part in trying to combat it.”