THE community gathered to ‘stand together’ to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at a poignant service at Crompton War Memorial.
Councillors and locals turned out for the occasion in Shaw on Monday, January 27 to remember those killed in the Holocaust as well as many subsequent genocides.
There was an introduction by Cllr Diane Williamson, who explained the theme of ‘stand together’ for this year’s event on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
She said: “Genocidal regimes have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups. These tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours and speaking out against oppression.
“As we remember the past, we are mindful of the increasing division in communities across the UK and the world today, and the importance of standing together against division and identity-based hostility.
“We can all take action to support others by using our voices, presence, platform or influence.”
Prayers and a minute’s silence were led by the Rev Katy Cunliffe from Holy Trinity and readings were given by pupils from Crompton House School and Farrowdale House School.
Stones were laid stones on the war memorial – a Jewish tradition to keep the soul in this world – in memory of people who died in the Holocaust and genocides.
Cllr Williamson added: “It is always a pleasure to stand together with the community and commemorate those who lost their lives and those who suffered or are still suffering.
“Thanks to Rev Katy who lead us through the thought-provoking service. We must all hope that there is a safer future and that lessons have been learnt.”
The event was organised by Shaw and Crompton councillors together with the Royton, Shaw and Crompton District Team.