Events in North Tyneside to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Special commemorative events have been taking place to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 12:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 8:58 am
Robert Rinder as he attended North Tyneside’s Holocaust Memorial Day event in 2019.

North Tyneside’s Holocaust Memorial Day organising committee has worked with local schools to raise awareness of the Holocaust and this year, more schoolchildren than ever will take part in the commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day.

To mark the occasion St Mary’s Lighthouse was illuminated purple, the colour used by the national Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, on Monday.

And on Friday, the official event will be held at the council’s Quadrant offices at Cobalt Business Park.

The event – hosted by Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE – will also be attended by veterans, religious leaders, councillors and officers, as well as local schools and representatives from many local organisations.

Speakers include Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, presentations from 15 North Tyneside schools and a key note speech from a member of the Jewish community relaying personal family experience of the Holocaust.

Material from Dr Muller of Newcastle University will also be on display in the reception area at Quadrant East until next Monday. The display entitled “Children under the Nazis” looks at the impact upon children’s lives under a Nazi regime.

Memorial candles will be lit, and visitors to Quadrant will also have the opportunity to write in the Holocaust commemorative book. Guests can then spend time in the council’s Holocaust Memorial Garden – the only one of its kind in the North.