Belper singers remember Holocaust victims

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Three choirs joined forces to pay tribute to those who died in the Holocaust.

The packed out Strutts Community Centre raised £550 for the Holocaust Memorial Centre and Museum in Laxton, Nottinghamshire.

Holocaust Memorial Day was Wednesday,January 10 and Duffield Singers, along with the Chevin Singers, Rough Truffles and Belper’s Poetry People united to pay their respects.

The national theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was Don’t Stand By which resonated with people who came in large numbers to make a personal stand against the persecution of minorities.

January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

It is a day is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed in Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The evening opened with Martin Niemoller’s powerful poem First they came for the Jews which set the evening’s theme of resistance to persecution and discrimination.

A wide variety of poems followed relating to the Holocaust and also to discrimination against minority groups in modern society.

Led by their musical director and soloist Dana de Waal, The Duffield Singers gave a moving performance of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Among the songs conducted by Beth de Lange, The Chevin Singers sang a Russian-Yiddish lullalby Shlof Mayn Feygele and Rough Truffles performed the beautiful harmonies of One Voice by the Wailin Jennys.

Viv Scott, choir member, said: “The Chevin Singers have really enjoyed organising this event.

“We’d like to see it become an annual event in Belper and if any other local group has ideas for next year we’d love to hear from them.”

The Holocaust Memorial Day now aims to educate people on hatred and tackle discrimination and racism to stop another genocide happening again.