A CANDLELIGHT service was just one of the deeply moving events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Lancaster.
However, the event at Lancaster Town Hall on Thursday was also a celebration of Jewish culture and music that urged everyone to Speak Up, Speak Out.
People of all ages came together to remember, to mourn, to speak out, to sing, to challenge and to look to the future.
Nearly everyone who attended had tears in their eyes at some point during the evening, and I am not afraid to say that I was one of them.
The performances were so powerful and evocative that tears came easily.
Organised by the National Coalition Building Institute, in partnership with the Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Society, Faith in Lancaster, More Music, The Dukes and Lancaster Priory Church, the events of last week also included an exhibition by Catriona Stamp, who instigated the first Holocaust Memorial Day in Lancaster, a screening of the film Oranges and Sunshine, and talks about anti-Semitism.
Accompanied by music, and a group of young lantern-bearers from Lancaster, the service in the peace garden outside the town hall commemorated the lives of those murdered during the Nazi Holocaust.
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