On Friday 21st January, Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central paid a visit to the York Castle Museum to see their new community exhibition titled ‘York’s Jewish Story: 1170 to Present’. This is an exhibition running until 6 February and is in partnership with the York Jewish Liberal Society. Alongside this exhibition, York is currently hosting a week-long series of events based on Holocaust Memorial Day. On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, 600 candles were lit at York Minster, formed in the shape of the Star of David.
Holocaust Memorial Day, held annually on 27th January, marks the day that Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated, and serves as remembrance for the terrible history of the Holocaust and the long-lasting effects this has had on the Jewish community.
Remembering the Holocaust also serves as an example of the horrors of genocide that have happened throughout history and are unfortunately still happening across the world today. Holocaust Memorial Day seeks not only to remember the atrocities of genocides around the world, but to ensure that the events of the Holocaust are never forgotten and to build hope that nothing like this is allowed to occur again.
Leo Brosh, regional manager of the Jewish Leadership Council, was delighted with Rachael’s visit, commenting that the local liberal community were hugely impressed by her fascination with the artefacts and her eagerness to learn more.
Rachael Maskell MP said: “I am so grateful to the York Liberal Jewish Community for inviting me to visit this exhibit on the history of the Jews of York. The exhibition tells the compelling history of York’s Jewish community, presenting artefacts from 1170 to present day. I would encourage everyone in York to visit this important exhibition.”