Plaque in front of tree planted as a memorial to Anne Frank in Russell Park, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England by Simon Speed Wikicommons

Torn from Home

Holocaust Memorial Day events will once again be taking place in Bedford, on Sunday 27th January.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day to remember those killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust describes this day as “a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own – it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.”

This year, the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Torn from Home’.

Anne Frank Plaque in Russell Park

In Bedford Borough, the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration events will begin with a short ceremony at the Anne Frank plaque in Russell Park, at 2.30pm on Sunday 27th January. The plaque is located between Pembroke Street and Bower Street.

This will be followed by a multi-faith service, along the theme of ‘Torn from Home’, which will be held in the Harpur Suite at 3pm. This service is expected to last approximately one hour.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“All are welcome to attend the commemoration events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day as we come together to remember those who were killed in genocides. These poignant and thought-provoking services remind us of the importance of standing together against racism, discrimination and hatred.”

The Revd. Cass Howes, Chair of Bedford Council of Faiths, said:

“It is a privilege for the Council of Faiths to work with Bedford Borough in providing these opportunities, for people to gather to remember the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, to reflect and consider how we all can make the world a better place.”