Holocaust survivor's story makes for moving address.
A MOVING service was held in Tyneside to remember the six million people killed during the Holocaust.
The Holocaust Memorial Day event took place at North Tyneside Council's Quadrant headquarters, at the Cobalt Business Park, yesterday.
The service, opened by council chairman Cath Davis, was attended by veterans, religious leaders, councillors and officers, as well as schoolchildren and representatives from community groups.
Memorial candles were lit and visitors had the opportunity to write in a commemorative book. Guests were then invited to spend time in the Holocaust Memorial Garden - the only one of its kind in the North. Arek Hersh, one of the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust, was the keynote speaker.
The 88-year-old, from Poland, was 15 when he made the two-day train journey from a ghetto to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. He told guests how he managed to survive the horrific ordeal.
Other speakers at the event included James Kingett, from Show Racism the Red Card, Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Monsignor Andrew Faley and Rev Tony Curtis.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which is today, Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend was illuminated purple - the colour used by the national Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
The annual event also raises awareness of other genocides worldwide.
Arek Hersh speaking at the North Tyneside service