The six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and those killed in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur were remembered in a special service on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
During the service Rabbi Moshe Perez (pictured with Dean John) read a psalm in its original language of Hebrew and candles were lit by local school children, creating a Star of David on the floor of the cathedral.
The poem ‘I Cannot Forget’ by Alexander Kimel – a survivor of the Holocaust – was read by some of the children and ‘The Little boy with his hands up’ by Yala Korwi was also read by Ann Morris from the synagogue in Harrogate.
Dean John said: “I am delighted that Ripon Cathedral was asked to host an event for Holocaust Memorial Day. At a time when antisemitism has been raising its head, even in our own country and when global peace appears to be so fragile, it seems more important than ever to learn lessons from past mistakes and atrocities.
“It is particularly appropriate that hundreds of school children are participating in this event, helping to communicate the need to resist hatred to new generations.”
Rabbi Perez added: “When we regard someone, because of their race or faith as less than human, that God Created, it is we, not they, who have become less than human, and we did forget that God created them and us Too.”
The service was attended by Rev Brian Hunt, Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, representing Her Majesty the Queen and by civic dignitaries including the mayors of Harrogate and Ripon.