Holocaust remembered at Abbey Gardens

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A CROWD gathered in the Abbey Gardens this morning to remember those who lost their lives in the holocaust.

The ceremony, led by Reverend Canon Matthew Vernon, was part of the holocaust memorial day.

The Rwandan High Commissioner, His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo along with the Mayor of Bury and members of the cathedral, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and pupils from Guildhall Feoffment and St James Middle Schools, take part in Bury St Edmunds' Holocaust Remembrance Service in the Abbey Gardens.

The Rwandan High Commissioner, His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo along with the Mayor of Bury and members of the cathedral, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and pupils from Guildhall Feoffment and St James Middle Schools, take part in Bury St Edmunds' Holocaust Remembrance Service in the Abbey Gardens.

The annual day of remembrance is held on January 27 as it was the day the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945.

The Chamber Choir of St James CEVA Middle School sang prayers and a traditional Jewish song and children from Guildhall Feoffment CP School planted snowdrops in the Abbey’s holocaust memorial garden.

The Rwandan High Commissioner, His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo, spoke at the ceremony and said it was important to remember the holocaust and past genocides and to speak out against discrimination and prejudice.

He said: “The Rwandan genocide happened 50 years after Auchwitz was liberated.

“The idea of never again had become hollow.

“It is an important moment for each one of us to deeply reflect within ourselves what can I do as an individual to speak up and speak out.”

Rev Canon Matthew Vernon said: “We meet to commit ourselves to tolerant a society where people of difference are respected and the diversity of our human family is celebrated.”

For more see Friday’s Bury Free Press