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City remembers victims of genocide.

THE Lord Mayor of Birmingham led the city's Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in a moving ceremony this week.

The day commemorates the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions, as well as other genocides around the world.

It took place in the Banqueting Suite of the Council House, with the theme for this year's event 'don't stand by', emphasising everyone's individual responsibility not to be bystanders to hate crime and prejudice.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers, gave members of the public the chance to view an Anne Frank exhibition and light a candle of remembrance.

The programme included individual testimonies from survivors, candle lighting, films, prayers and music from the Choir With No Name.

There was also a talk from Fiyaz Mughal OBE, founder of Tell Mama, a project that allows anti-Muslim incidents to be reported, recorded and analysed.

Lord Mayor Coun Raymond Hassall said: "Holocaust Memorial Day provides a significant opportunity for us all to learn lessons from the past and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future."

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