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Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked

The Diocese of Carlisle is to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) this Sunday.

A number of special services will be held across the county on January 27.

It is the day each year when the world remembers the millions who died at the hands of the Nazis and in subsequent genocides.

During two services at the parishes of Orton and Ravenstonedale, near Penrith, Rev Beverley Lock will interview a local Jewish man about his family’s experiences.

David Coplowe will speak to the congregation on Sunday morning at All Saints, Orton, and later at St Oswald’s, Ravenstonedale.

David’s family originally came from the Ukraine. Those relatives who did not leave at the end of the nineteenth century were never found after the end of World War Two.

He said: “What I want to convey is that the Holocaust was not just about the Jews. Half a million gypsies were killed and 20 million Slavs. It was industrial murder by a so-called civilized country.

“But the lessons have not been learned. Since then we have had genocides in Bosnia, Kosovo and Rwanda.”

Rev Lock, priest-in-charge of Orton and Ravenstonedale said: “This is an opportunity to ask someone in our community, like David who we know well, to put across a different point of view.”

A special sermon will also be given by Rev Richard Lee at St Mary and St Michael in Egremont.

And material from the HMD website will be used during Sunday Eucharist at St Herbert’s Carlisle.

HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001. It provides an opportunity to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer and better future.

For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or the Ven Richard Pratt on 01900 66190.

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