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Sunday, January 30, 2005
  Holocaust Memorial Day
I chaired Birmingham's Holocaust Memorial event in the Foyer of Symphony Hall today. This was an event both in memory of all atrocities and in memory of the Holocaust itself. It was very well attended with over 200 people there (the first event 5 years ago had about 20 people there).

We had a Normandy Veteran and a survivor of Auschwitz speak as well as a film of what happened.

It is worth dwelling on these matters to remember how bad things can get. There are many tensions in the world and things are being done which exacerbate the tensions.

In Birmingham I was quite clear that we are recognising all atrocities without limit. There are atrocities which continue today in many places in the world. There seems to be some debate nationally as to whether or not this particular event is inclusive or not. In Birmingham it was inclusive. I personally met Christians, Muslims, Buddhists as well as Jews who were at the event.

It saddens me really that people in government (cf Dubya and Blair) have so little empathy that they go around making things worse when actually it is possible to work for a more peaceful world.




 
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Nice to see you are also involved in Holocaust Commeroration. Here in Wyre Forest we have a Holocaust Memorial Stone outside St Marys and All Saints Church in Kidderminster. Today we hade the Chief Exec of Wyre Forest reading the Statement of Commitment, speeches from Richard Taylor MP and Cllr Mike Oborski and prayers from Anlican, Methodist, RC, Polish RC Priests plus local Jewish Doctor. The 200 or so people there then all laid flowers led by pupils of Sladen Middle School laying a wreath. Very very moving. WE too had camp survivors.
 
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