Wolverhampton will remember the victims of Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and other genocides around the world when the city marks Holocaust Memorial Day later this week.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Barry Findlay will lay a wreath during a service at the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square on Friday (27 January, 2017) - the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Councillor Findlay said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is our chance to remember the millions of people who were murdered or whose lives were changed beyond recognition as a result of the Holocaust, persecution or genocide.

"It is hugely important that we do not forget what happened, and that we educate future generations about the Holocaust because everyone has a responsibility to fight the evils of discrimination, racism and xenophobia."

The service in St Peter's Square, led by Inter-Faith Wolverhampton, starts at 10.50am and will be attended by ex-servicemen and women, representatives from various faith communities, Trades Unions and pensioners' organisations, Civic leaders and members of the public.

How can life go on? is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.

The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations, and audiences are asked to think about what happens after genocide and of their own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.

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  • released: Tuesday 24 January, 2017