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University Commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

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The University of Worcester and the Worcestershire Inter Faith Forum joined thousands of organisations across the world in marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz today.

Members of the public were invited to the Hive this evening to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

At the event, the University’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, and University Chaplain, the Reverend Doctor Fiona Haworth, joined representatives of the local Christian, Jewish and Muslim community to commemorate the anniversary and remember the victims of all genocides.

Reverend Howarth explains: “In gathering to remember the events of the Holocaust and all other genocides we stand with the victims and affirm our commitment to ensure that these horrific events are not repeated. 

“As the world grows ever more vulnerable to violence and extremism in many forms, it becomes ever more important to raise awareness of the past, to educate the young and to remember that we are one in our shared humanity.”

The event saw Malik Fayez read the testimony of Joan Salter, a Polish survivor of the Holocaust, and Yvonne Stollard read the testimony of Safet Vukalic, a Muslim survivor of the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia.

The stories were followed by prayers from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions; Mr Fayez led the Muslim prayer, Bishop John Inge led the Christian prayer and the Jewish prayer was sung by Sarah Stuart. 

After a period of silence and reflection, the statement of commitment was read by pupils from the seven secondary schools in Worcester and people were invited to respond by placing a stone, a Jewish custom of remembering, on a small table, or to take it away with them to aid reflection.