Sandbach hosts holocaust memorial

P1030191 Holocaust Memorial Service at Sandbach 26 Jan 2018

Sandbach staged a poignant service of remembrance to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Cheshire East Mayor Arthur Moran and Sandbach Mayor Martin Forster led members of the public, local schoolchildren and civic dignitaries in a special Act of Remembrance.

The ceremony at Sandbach Town Hall included personal testaments from two women survivors of the Holocaust, sisters Sonja Sternberg, 91, and Gisela Feldman, 94.

As children in 1939, they were both aboard the trans-Atlantic liner SS St Louis, which was carrying nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees from Germany that was rejected by Cuba and then the United States and forced to return to Europe.

More than a quarter of the passengers ultimately perished in Nazi death camps and the plight of the ship’s passengers became a symbol of Western indifference toward the victims of Nazi persecution.

The service also included singing and musical performances by pupils from Sandbach School and prayers were read by the Rev Thomas Shepherd, vicar of St Mary’s Church.

The lighting of memorial candles was followed by two minutes’ silence and the tolling of a bell.

This is the fifth year the council has held the annual ceremony.

• pic by Stewart Green

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