Torn From Home: Whitefield Remembers the Holocaust

Over 50 local residents gathered late Sunday afternoon to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at the Millennium Flagpole garden in Whitefield. The second annual event to take place in Whitefield, organised by local trade unionists and members of the Labour party, focused on this year’s official theme Torn From Home. 


Paula Barker, UNISON North West Regional Secretary, began by reflecting on the importance of our sense of home, a place to belong, to feel safe and secure. She contrasted this with harsh reality that for millions it was the place from which they were taken, or forced to flee. 


 Pictured - Elliot Moss reads the poem "Holocaust" by Barbara Sonek.


Rishi Shori, Leader of Bury Labour Group read the iconic poem “First They Came” a cautionary tale of what happens when we sit on our hands and ignore others in need of our support. Sarfraz M Malik “The Cheetham Poet” recited one of his own works No Ordinary Boy, before local resident Elliot Moss read the poem “Holocaust” by Barbara Sonek.


Following a minutes silence there was a short candle lighting ceremonygiving the opportunity for all assembled to remember and reflect on those who were murdered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 


Closing the ceremony, event organiser Eddy Redmond said Today’s newspaper contains a shocking survey response where 1 on 20 people in the UK do not believe that the holocaust took place” adding in the future, there will be no living survivors to pay testamentso it’s our duty today to ensure that people never forget the horrors that took place. 


Pictured - (Left to Right) Chris Neville, Eddy Redmond, Cllr Tahir Rafiq, Paula Barker, Evelyn Doyle and Cllr Rishi Shori.


Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January – is marked by thousands of people who come together in schools, workplaces and public spaces. Wpause to reflect on the appalling events of the past. We honour the memories of those so cruelly taken and remember the deep grief felt by those who survived. We say never again.

Date Online: 30/01/2019

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