Town pays respects on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Michael Upton | 29/01/2019

Town pays respects on Holocaust Memorial Day
Sile Sibanda

REFUGEE Sile Sabanda performed a poem written specially for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day as she joined pupils, the public and civic leaders event to mark the annual event.

Now living in Rotherham, Sile, who fled Zimbabwe when she was younger, spoke to those gathered in All Saints’ Square on Monday.

Young people — including pupils from St Mary’s Primary School, St Bernard’s RC High School and St Ann’s Junior and Infant School — performed songs and gave readings linked to this year’s national theme “Torn from Home”, including the song A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman film (below).

There were also speeches to the estimated 300 people attending from the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Alan Buckley, Rabbi Yonosan Golomb from the Sheffield Synagogue and Rotherham Borough Council leader Chris Read.

Rotherham musician Nic Harding performed an original song titled Torn from Home.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual event which remembers those lost and affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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