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Mar 2005 Journal

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Holocaust Memorial Day marked by the AJR

On Tuesday 25 January, two days before the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the AJR held a memorial service at the Belsize Square Synagogue in northwest London. Some 150 people took part in the gathering, the venue of which had to be changed from the AJR Day Centre owing to the overwhelming demand for seats. At the deeply moving service, memorial candles were lit and Rev Larry Fine read out the names of over 450 family members of those present who perished in the Holocaust.

The following evening, the AJR hosted a dinner in a north London restaurant for 35 members from Liverpool, Manchester, Dundee and elsewhere in the UK who had come to London to take part in the national commemoration of the Holocaust.

On the morning of Thursday 27 January, around 200 AJR members attended a reception for Holocaust survivors held by the Queen and Prince Philip at St James's Palace. In the afternoon, the Royal couple joined some of the survivors and liberators of Nazi concentration camps at a ceremony in Westminster Hall to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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