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Holocaust victims remembered during town service

14:16 25 January 2013

Waveney mark the annual Holocaust memorial day with a service at Lowestoft train station.

Waveney mark the annual Holocaust memorial day with a service at Lowestoft train station.

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Holocaust victims were remembered during a civic service at Lowestoft Rail Station today.

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The event was held to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday.

A small crowd of about 20 people gathered around a discrete plaque marking the arrival of a train carrying Jewish children fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany in 1938.

Waveney District Council chairman Peter Collecott opened the service by talking about the importance of building bridges between different communities. He was followed by Lowestoft mayor Nick Webb and multi-faith chaplain captain Paul McDonough, who led the crowd in a minute of silence and reflection.

Liz Allan, who ran Toft Monks Post Office with her late husband Mark before moving to Lowestoft eight years ago, brought proceedings to a close by reading a traditional mourners prayer in Hebrew and English. Mrs Allen, who is Jewish, was born in India during the second world war and said she wouldn’t be alive today if she had started her life in Germany.

A wreath of yellow flowers was placed by the commemorative plaque by Mr Collecott and Mr Webb.

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