County commemorates Holocaust victims

Holocaust survivor Elke Hannah at Wellingborough museum
Holocaust survivor Elke Hannah at Wellingborough museum

Events have taken place around the north of the county to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today (Sunday, January 27).

In Corby, people gathered at the Cube for a service of commemoration, the first such event in the town since the inaugural Holocaust Memorial Day in 2001.

Kettering held a service last weekend, while in Wellingborough, Holocaust survivor Elke Hannah gave a talk at the town’s museum on Saturday, January 26.

Cllr Séan Kettle organised the short service, which included readings from Lodge Park Academy pupils. Corby mayor Mohammed Rahman, MP Andy Sawford and other local councillors were among those paying their respects to victims of Nazi persecution and other genocides in places like Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia.

Cllr Kettle, who was elected in a by-election in 2012, said he hoped to make the service an annual event.

“It has been a personal aspiration of mine to organise this, from before I was elected,” he said.

“It’s important that we remain vigilant when we say ‘Never again’. We really do have to mean it.

“Holocaust Memorial Day events will help us all in working towards a more tolerant society in which people’s differences can be celebrated.”