Norwich Cathedral to host Holocaust Memorial Day civic service

Alex Bennett, former Norwich synagogue minister, addressing a previous Holocaust Memorial Day servic

Alex Bennett, former Norwich synagogue minister, addressing a previous Holocaust Memorial Day service at St Peter Mancroft church in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

A city-centre historic landmark is hosting a moving ceremony to remember those who suffered in the Second World War Holocaust as well subsequent genocides.

The annual civic Holocaust Memorial Day service, normally held in St Peter Mancroft Church in the centre of Norwich is being held in the bigger Nave of Norwich Cathedral on Friday, 11am-12.30.

It has changed location because of renovation work in St Peter Mancroft and Canon Peter Doll, from Norwich Cathedral, will be one of the people addressing the congregation.

This year will be a special occasion for former Norwich synagogue minister, Alex Bennett, 82, who will introduce the service for the final year after being involved with it for more than a decade.

Holocaust Memorial Day calls on people to think about the millions of people affected during the Nazi Holocaust during the Second World War as well as subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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Mr Bennett, of High Kelling, near Holt, said: 'It is important to keep the day so events like the Holocaust won't happen again.'

Former Sheriff of Norwich, 91-year-old Joe Stirling, who escaped to England from Germany through the Kindertransport rescue programme before war broke out in 1939 will be one of the many people attending the special inclusive service.

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His Jewish parents died in the Holocaust.

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