SEVENTY years ago on Tuesday (27 January) Soviet forces liberated the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Since 2001 Tuesday’s date has become commemorated as International Holocaust Day and Thurrock – like many areas across the world will be marking the date with two events this year.
In the morning will be the now traditional service at High View Memorial Gardens in Grays – at the corner of Palme’s Avenue and High View Avenue – starting at 11am and open to all.
Between 4pm and 5.30pm at the One stop Shop, 24-28 Orsett Road, Grays – opposite the Thameside Theatre – there will be a candle lighting service and a gathering in memory of all victims of the holocaust and other genocides.
The first candle will be lit by a Bosnian family, as 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the Bosnian conflict. In 1995 when victims escaping the Bosnian genocide were evacuated to Britain, some were brought to Orsett Hospital. This event is also free, but tickets should be booked from www.HMD2015.eventbrite.co.uk
Keep the Memory Alive is the theme of this year’s events and both have been organised in partnership between Thurrock Council and Thurrock Faith Matters.