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Pupils commemorate liberation of Auschwitz for Holocaust Memorial Day

Pupils from Pontarddulais Comprehensive school are hosting Swansea's Holocaust Memorial Day service today (25 January)

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

The school will be the focus of events to remember victims of the Nazi Holocaust and those who have suffered genocide in other parts of the world.

The event will be attended by civic dignitaries, elected members, and staff and pupils representing schools from across the city.

A specially commissioned flag will also fly from the Council's Civic Centre on Holocaust Memorial Day which commemorates the liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp on January 27, 1945.

At Friday's event the Lord Mayor of Swansea David Phillips offered the statement of commitment and Norma Glass MBE, who is a leading member of the Jewish Community in Wales, will offer the closing remarks.

Cllr Phillips said: "This year's theme, 'Torn from home', encourages reflection on how the enforced loss of a 'home' (community, family, comfort and safety) is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.

"One of my proudest political achievements was assisting Swansea to become Wales' first City of Sanctuary (and only the second in the UK) in May 2010. It's a national movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.

"It is vital that the lessons of the Holocaust and all subsequent genocides are not forgotten. Only by sharing these dark chapters of our history with the younger generation can we seek to prevent such atrocities from happening again."

 "It is therefore only right Swansea Council joins many others throughout the UK to support and promote understanding and co-operation across all communities, of all ages, for Holocaust Memorial Day."

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day go to http://hmd.org.uk

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