The candles will be set out for the annual event in the cathedral’s ancient Chapter House on January 27 to remember the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Second World War and the millions of other people of all faiths murdered in genocides around the world since. The day holds particular significance in York due to the 1190 massacre of an estimated 150 Jews in Clifford’s Tower. This year, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked by ongoing conflict in Gaza and the 30th anniversary of the Hutu genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is Fragility of Freedom, reflecting the erosion of freedom as a precursor to persecution and genocide. The event will include poetry, readings, reflections, prayers, and music by The Ebor Singers. Free tickets are required for admission.
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