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Holocaust Memorial Day Event At Belfast City Hall

Two of our L6 pupils, David Service and Holly Cunningham, helped to deliver the ‘Statement of Commitment’ This is the section they read, “We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice.” 
The event was compered by Paul Clark and guest speakers included Joan Salter, survivor of the Holocaust, Deirdre Hargey, Lord Mayor of Belfast, David Sterling, Head of the NI Civil Service and representatives from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. 

Reverend David Kale from the Belfast synagogue recounted the powerful story of a Jewish Canon who wrote a piece of music whilst on the train to Auschwitz Birkenau. A brave Jewish captive escaped the train and brought the music to New York where it was played for the first time after the war. The Lowry String Quartet played the same piece of music at the event at City Hall, and its haunting melody set the scene perfectly for the lighting of the candle and Act of Remembrance. 

The service ended with Lagan College Choir singing the aptly titled 'Something inside so strong'. An experience David and Holly will remember for many years!

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