COMMEMORATION: Working to make a better place

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On behalf of North Tyneside Council’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) committee, I would like to thank everyone for their contribution to the recent annual commemoration service held in the Quadrant, in particular the children and young people from the borough’s schools.

Their prose, poetry and art work, together with this year’s original song, showed a mature understanding of what took place in the death camps of the Second World War. They also applied this year’s theme of ‘Don’t stand by’ to more recent examples of man’s inhumanity to man in other parts of the world, as well as highlighting discrimination on our doorstep.

Marta Joseph’s powerful presentation of her father’s time in concentration camps will not be forgotten and we hope all who saw St Mary’s Lighthouse bathed in purple for the week will remember why.

Marta raised the frequently asked question of what had the world learnt from the genocide her father survived?

As the committee meets again soon to prepare for next year’s event, our hope is that through involving our young people the world will become a better, safer place for everyone.

Coun Muriel Green

Chairman HMD Committee