Saffron Walden church marks Holocaust Memorial Day

MP Kemi Badenoch took part in the commemoration service on Friday, January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Leslie Wheeler spoke at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden. The service was led by Rev’d Jeremy Trew, with contributions from Leslie Wheeler, from the Jewish community, and Rev’d John Goddard of Saffron Walden Baptist Church. Baroness Caroline Cox gave a presentation to school pupils on her work as founder of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), helping people who have been displaced due to genocide in Nigeria. Baroness Cox explained her ‘Roads to Hope’ initiative, which provides safer education for Nigerian children by providing education vans, which travel to them when it is unsafe for them to travel to school. She also gave another presentation for adults in the evening, further expanding on her work. The Saffron Walden County High School Chamber Choir performed two pieces for the service. The global theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was ‘ordinary people’, to show that genocide is facilitated by ordinary people, and that the victims are ordinary people who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered because they belong to a particular group.