Jan 2006 Journal

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'Making a Difference': Holocaust Memorial Day, January 2006

As reported in last month's Journal, the final preparations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2006 are now being made. With its theme 'One person can make a difference', this national commemoration, due to enter its sixth year, aims to ensure that the crimes of the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated.

Holocaust Memorial Day is normally held on 27 January to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet army in 1945. However, as the 2006 anniversary falls on a Friday, it has been moved back to 26 January. The First Minister for Wales, the Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, has accepted a request that Cardiff host the event, which will take place at the Millennium Conference Centre.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7.00 pm and will include performances from the National Orchestra of Wales and the National Dance Company of Wales. There will also be contributions from Simon Weston OBE, the British army veteran severely burned during the 1982 Falklands war, the actor Phillip Madoc, and the poets Gwyneth Lewis and Gillian Clarke.

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, who has spoken of the special place held in the Jewish community by Holocaust survivors, will also address the meeting.

The HMD Trust, established in May last year, is also arranging a pan-Wales pledge, whereby schoolchildren from across Wales will be making a commitment, at the same time on the same day, 'to make a difference'.

Travel and accommodation arrangements will be made in conjunction with other organisations. If you would like to attend Holocaust Memorial Day in Cardiff, please write to Mrs Estelle Brookner at AJR Head Office, Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL or email socialsec@ajr.org.uk

Michael Newman

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