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Friday, March 31, 2017
Religious leaders take part in Holocaust memorial at London school
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¬†Religious Leaders including the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Moderator of the Free Church David Coffey and Catholic Bishop James O'Brien, representing Cardinal Murphy O'Connor, visited Pimlico School in London yesterday morning, to take part in a commemorative assembly in the run-up to Holocaust Memorial Day. Facilitated by the Holocaust Educational Trust, students from the school read out testimonies from their own experiences and those of Holocaust Survivors to over 300 students from the school. Holocaust Survivor Gena Turgel delivered her testimony to several classes. Dr Sacks said: "Sixty years on from the greatest crime of man against man, we are conscious of the responsibility we bear to the victims and the survivors ≠ to hand the memory on to future generations so that they can know where hatred leads, and why it must be fought in every age, every society. Education is the most important weapon in the fight for freedom, tolerance, mutual respect and the sanctity of life, and only those who know about the Holocaust understand quite how much is at stake and how vulnerable our values can become if we do not defend them." Bishop O'Brien said: "Six million deaths, sixty years ago. We say "six million" now without catching our breath. But if it was happening now, to us, it is as if one hundred thousand murders had been committed every year since 1945. We say it could never happen again. But genocide remains an unforgivable feature of our modern world. Holocaust Memorial Day is a day to remember, and pray for, our Jewish brothers and sisters in faith and to allow their sacrifice and example to guide our lives." The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams said: "In considering the end of the Holocaust, we must confront again not only the darkness of those years but the darkness that can always take hold of the human spirit. One of the lessons we still struggle to learn and a lesson that serves for old and young alike, is how frail our commitment can be to what we profess: that God calls us in the light of his love to honour and respect all of humanity as made in his image." The Rev David Coffey, The Free Churches Moderator said: '"My visit to the site of Auschwitz a few years ago was a searing experience as I faced the truth, that this barbaric location had grown out of European history and culture, including the Christian tradition. The terrible story of the Holocaust has to be told afresh to every generation and we accept this burden of memory in order to exclaim with conviction-never again!" Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be hosting a reception for Holocaust survivors at Westminster Hall tomorrow. For more information about other Holocaust memorial events around the country visit:
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