Holocaust day memorials to be held in Northampton


A number of events and ceremonies will be held in Northampton this week to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Community groups, schoolchildren and councillors will gather in the Guildhall’s Great Hall on Monday for a ceremony to reflect on the millions of people killed during the Second World War under Nazi persecution.

The ceremony, which starts at 6.30pm, will include performances by pupils from Briar Hill Primary School, Abbeyfield Secondary School and the Borough Council’s Northampton Youth Forum.

There will also be a short flower laying ceremony at noon on Monday which will take place at the Holocaust Memorial Stone in The Courtyard at The Guildhall.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “It’s important for us as a community to come together and spare some time to mark this international event.”

At the University of Northampton today there will be a stone-laying ceremony at 12.30pm led by Father Andrew Behrens, held at the Anne Frank/Stephen Lawrence memorial tree on Park Campus.

Between 1pm and 4.30pm, there will be a keynote lecture by Professor Cathie Carmichael. editor of Journal of Genocide Research, in the Grendon Lecture Theatre.

On Sunday, February 2, at the Northampton Synagogue in Overstone Road, Northampton from 7pm there will be a talk by Holocaust survivor, Elke Hannah.