Tendring to remember Holocaust victims

Friday, 7 January, 2022

A ceremony will take place in Clacton later this month to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.

Joining in with national events Tendring District Council (TDC) Chairman Jeff Bray will join members of the Colchester and District Jewish Community at the Sunken Rose Garden on Marine Parade West.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, 27 January at 11am and will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, marked every year since 2001.

TDC planted in 2007 a commemorative white rose bush in the seafront gardens, with a special plaque set next to it the following year.

John Gottesman, Chairman of the Colchester and District Jewish Community, will lead the service.

Residents are invited by Councillor Bray to join him for a moment of reflection at the service.

“This ceremony gives us the opportunity to think about those who lost their lives, and those who survived, the terrible events of the Holocaust,” he said.

“In previous years we have representatives from many different religious groups come to pay their respects, and we hope that will happen again – especially as last year we were unable to hold an event due to Covid-19.”

Holocaust Memorial Day was established by the Government in 2000, with the first activities held the following year.

It aims to promote awareness of how people and communities were persecuted under racial and social policy because they were different.

Harwich played a key role in the Kindertransport as the first stop for most of the 10,000 predominantly Jewish children rescued from Europe shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Last updated on: 07/01/2022 - 16:31