Worthing commemorates the annual Holocaust Memorial by gathering round the Tree of Life in Beach House Park at 11.00 am on Monday January 27th.
Event organiser and Worthing Councillor, Tom Wye, said: “We can learn how journeys themselves became part of genocide, and how the journeys undertaken were often experiences of persecution and terror for so many people who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the subsequent genocides.
“We can also learn about the life stories of journeys that brought survivors to the UK and how journeys of return have been part of the experience of rebuilding. We will be sharing this focus at our commemoration and asking all present to write their own message to tie onto the Tree of Life.”
Worthing Mayor Bob Smytherman will read out Worthing’s Statement of Commitment signed up to in 2004. Bob will lay a wreath at the foot of the Tree of Life and Lancing College Choir will sing a specially commissioned song called ‘Never Again’.
Roger Berlin, who will say the Kaddish – the Jewish prayer for the dead – said: “The only way to prevent another Holocaust, another massacre of the innocents, is to constantly remind ourselves what has been and what must never happen again. Only by knowing what has happened before can we prevent another tragedy. That is why an annual Holocaust Memorial Day is so important.”