King’s Ely students and staff pay their respects on National Holocaust Memorial Day

King's Ely Holocaust Memorial Day

King's Ely Holocaust Memorial Day - Credit: Archant

Students and staff from King’s Ely Junior and Senior came together at Ely Cathedral to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day.

King's Ely Holocaust Memorial Day

King's Ely Holocaust Memorial Day - Credit: Archant

They lit candles as a sign of solidarity with those who had survived and in memory of those who died.

The theme of the Service of Remembrance, held on Friday, was ‘How can life go on?’

A story was told about a teacher in Rwanda who lost his family due to genocide. They heard how his new hope came from the birth of his second son, who he named after his father, and by the gift of his farm to the man who hid him when the rival factions were fighting in his village.

Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27) is a national commemoration day in the UK dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It was first held in January 2001 and has been on the same date every year since.

The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945, the date also chosen for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and some other national Holocaust Memorial Days.