Published On: Tue, Nov 18th, 2014 on 12:45 pm

Shoebox stories shared in Dewsbury ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day

Kirklees Holocaust Memorial Day Shoeboxes

Lilian exchanges boxes with Dieudonne

Stories of genocide and persecution have been remembered by people of different backgrounds and Kirklees schools.

Marking the launch of the Kirklees Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 project, communities gathered stories of individuals who survived acts of genocide or periods of persecution and placed them inside personalised shoeboxes.

Each shoebox contained a pair of shoes, a story of survival, background information, photographs, poetry and artwork.

Groups later swapped the shoeboxes to become familiar with the story and to promise to challenge discrimination of any kind.

Cllr Peter O’Neill, Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, said: “At a time when innocent people are suffering and dying as a result of armed conflicts and terrorism across the world, it is more important than ever that dialogue remains open at home and that we do not confuse faith or race with the actions of particular governments or organisations.”

The shoeboxes and the customary ceremony of lighting candles will form the main content of a public Holocaust Memorial Event on 28 January at Dewsbury Town Hall.

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