Faith leaders and young people come together to learn about Holocaust

Faith leaders and young people from across the diocese have gathered to learn from the events of the Holocaust.
The visit to the Holocaust Education and Memorial Centre in Huddersfield was attended by Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders, including Bishop Nick and Bishop Toby, as well as some 15 young people from the different faiths.
The Revd Jenny Ramsden, Diocesan Interfaith Advisor,and pictured with guests said: "This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and there is a real concern from the Jewish community that, with the dwindling number of survivors able to share their stories, the horrors of the Holocaust will be forgotten. 
“The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is 'Stand Together', and so it seems particularly significant to bring together Christian, Muslim and Jewish Faith leaders and young people to visit the Holocaust Education and Memorial Centre - to learn about the Holocaust from survivors and their families, and to discuss how we can learn its lessons by standing together against rising division and hate."  
Bishop Toby said: “It was a great visit. As time passes, it is vital that personal knowledge of the Holocaust passes to new generations and stories do not fade.”
Those present heard from Rudi Leavor, Chair of Bradford Reform Synagogue, (pictured) about his family’s experiences in the Holocaust. 
The day featured discussion on how what is seen and heard is relevant in the climate of today. 
Bishop Nick also spoke and the trip marked not just the significance of this year being the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Aushwitz, but also the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.


 

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