A poetic remembrance of the Holocaust 2014


undefinedChester cathedral joins memorial services held across the country to remember the horror of the holocaust Chester MP Stephen Mosley joined school children from across Chester and North Wales earlier this year for a service of remembrance at Chester Cathedral to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The event – organised by the cathedral’s education department – was attended by pupils and teachers from Darland High School, Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School, Bishop’s Blue Coat High School and St. Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School.

The service was held on Holocaust Memorial Day back in January as survivors and members of the public gathered across the country to mark the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. This year is the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the largest of the Nazi death camps, where an estimated one million people lost their lives. 

Holocaust Memorial Day also remembers the victims of other genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The service focused on the theme of ‘journeys’ and winning poems from a poetry competition on the same topic were read aloud. The winning poets were: Henry Park (Year 9) and Lewis Czerniak (Year 9) from Darland High School; Emma Fellows (Year 9) and Lucy Ryan (Year 11) from Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School; Jordan Lee (Year 9) and Jake Houghton (Year 9) from Bishop's Blue Coat High School; and Daniel Crombie (Year 9) and John Roberts (Year 13) from St Chad's Catholic and Church of England High School.

Members of the congregation were encouraged to reflect on the Holocaust by writing down on luggage labels what they would take with them if they were forced to leave their homes at a moment’s notice. Candles were lit to form a procession of light at the end of the service.

Chester Cathedral Education Officer, Helen Barber, said: “It was very important for us to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a special service at the cathedral.  We very much enjoyed hearing the thoughtful reflections and moving poems.”

Pictured above - the poetry competition winners and their hand-made poetry books