The people of Wolverhampton came together today (Monday 27 January, 2014) to remember the victims of Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and other genocides around the world.

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A service of remembrance was held at the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square to mark Holocaust Memorial Day - on the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Milkinder Jaspal laid a wreath during the service, led by the Wolverhampton Inter-Faith and Regeneration Network, which was attended by dozens of ex servicemen and women, representatives from various faith communities, Trades Unions and pensioners' organisations, Civic leaders and the public.

Following the service, people joined the Mayor to sign the Statement of Commitment, developed for the inaugural Holocaust Memorial Day event in 2001.

The Statement of Commitment calls for people to remember the Holocaust, educate future generations about what happened and recognise that everyone has a responsibility to fight the evils of discrimination, racism and xenophobia.

Mayor Councillor Jaspal said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is our chance to remember the millions of people who were murdered or whose lives were changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.

"We're fortunate that we're not at risk of genocide here in the UK - however, discrimination has not ended, and Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to create a safer future for everyone."

For further information on Holocaust Memorial Day, please visit Type=links;Linkid=3130;Title=Holocaust Memorial Day;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Monday 27 January, 2014