Broxtowe Community Gathered for the Holocaust Memorial Event this morning

Nathan Taylor and Oliver Leask join the Mayor and Councillor Martin Plackett who spoke at the event.

Nathan Taylor and Oliver Leask join the Mayor and Councillor Martin Plackett who spoke at the event.

The Broxtowe Community stood together at a short ceremony this morning to mark the 17th annual Holocaust Memorial event in the Walled Garden at Bramcote Hills Park.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Graham Harvey was joined by 14 year old Oliver Leask and Nathan Taylor, pupils from Alderman White School and members of Bramcote Youth Voice, in delivering readings to reflect the theme of this year’s event, ‘How Can Life Go On?’.

Hannah Birch and her son Barney with one of the knitted memories

Hannah Birch and her son Barney with one of the knitted memories

Knitted memories were also placed around the Holocaust Memorial in the park as well as on one of the benches, knitted by local crafter Hannah Birch and her son Barney Birch from Fernwood School who will be writing about the event for his school newsletter. They took Hannah a month to complete.

“There have been many tragic incidents across the world in the past year and the theme of ‘How Can Life Go On?’ is an important message for us to remember the past and think about how they can work together to create a future filled with peace, harmony and unity.” said Councillor Harvey.

Each year for the past 17 years Broxtowe Borough Council has held a ceremony at Bramcote Hills Park on 27th January to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Day event, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3210, email or visit

The Holocaust Memorial Garden

The Holocaust Memorial Garden at Bramcote Hills Park was opened at the first ceremony on 27th January 2001. The garden helps to ‘Keep the Memory Alive’ in the Borough, including a sculpture created by Naomi Blake, a survivor of Auschwitz in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis because of who they were, a Ginkgo Biloba Tree in memory of Dr Matel Shimonovna Chernyavskaya, a Holocaust survivor, which was planted as a lasting tribute to commemorate victims and symbolise hope for the future, a sapling tree to mark Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday and in December 2014, a Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ tree was planted to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a nationwide event held each year to remember those affected by the crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust and in subsequent atrocities throughout the world.

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4 Responses to Broxtowe Community Gathered for the Holocaust Memorial Event this morning

  1. On a day like today it is good to remember, and to promise to those who gave up more than we can imagine that we will not forget, not now, not in the future. For in forgetting history we lay the foundations to repeat it.

    I found the words of Ecclesiastes of some comfort today and commend them to readers of this website:

    There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    2 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    6 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    8 a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      What many people seem to miss is the way the State of Israel is treating the Palestinians, many of who’s families were forcibly ejected from their lands by the British to form Israel. The systematic seizing of land from Palestinians in Israel, the bullying, beatings and worse to the people in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip is highly reminiscent of Hitlers Germany in the 1930’s.

    • stevejcarr says:

      Very moving. I read today that if a minutes silence was held for all those killed because of their region, politics, ethnicity and sexuality by the Nazis, it would last over 11 years.

  2. Ian Blakeley says:

    My number 2 granddaughter visited the Holocaust Centre last Monday. It had a very marked effect on her when she got home from school, so we had a little chat and I think then that she understood a bit more.

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