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Annual ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day held at University of Northampton

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The University of Northampton marked Holocaust Memorial Day last week with one of the largest educational and commemorative gatherings in Britain.

The event was attended by students, guest speakers and members of the public.

Paul Jackson, senior lecturer in modern history at the university, said: “We mark Holocaust Memorial Day every year at the university.

“It is important to us not only as a way to remember the suffering infected by the Nazi genocide, but also to highlight wider issues of violence and extremism.

“This spans current conflicts, such as in Syria, to the ways prejudices are found in our everyday lives in the UK too.”

The day started with a stone-laying ceremony led by Father Andrew Behrens, held at the Anne Frank/Stephen Lawrence memorial tree.

People then heard talks from speakers including professor Cathie Carmichael, editor of the Journal of Genocide Research.

 

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