The Holocaust (In Hebrew The Shoah) commemorates the genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people in Germany and Eastern Europe during World War 2, 1941 - 1945. 6 million Jews were forced by the German Nazi Party into extermination camps and executed by gassing or shooting. Besides the Jewish people, several hundred thousand other 'unwanted' people were also exterminated .Among them, gypsies and disabled persons.
The event begins at 11.40am on January 27, when drama students from St John Fisher Catholic High School will stage a performance in the Guildhall in Cathedral Square.
The Mayor’s attendant will then lead a procession from the Town Hall to St John’s Church for the commemoration, pausing at Cathedral Square to watch the performance.caust Memorial Day is commemorated worldwide on January 27 and for a number of years Peterborough has held its own commemoration as a public and inter-faith act of remembrance.
The Memorial Day remembers not only the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust but also the further millions tortured and killed in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and Darfur. January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
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EXHIBITION: Forgotten Victims of the Nazi Genocide: Roma and Sinti
During the genocide, carried out against the Roma and Sinti communities of Europe by the Nazis and their collaborators, as many as 500,000 Roma people were murdered and persecuted.
Our unique exhibition, Forgotten Victims of the Nazi Genocide: Roma and Sinti, draws upon various collections of material including photographs, documents and books.
The exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to explore the life of Roma people in pre-war, war and post-war times. It will also show the contemporary situation of Roma people in Europe and Britain and the alarming rise of neo Nazi and far-Right groups.
The exhibition will be officially opened on
Monday 27th January 2020 at 15:00 at the COMPAS Orion, 19 Fitzwilliam Street, Peterborough, PE1 2RU;
and will last for the whole week.