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Welsh medium school to host city's Holocaust Memorial Day service

A Welsh medium comprehensive school will host Swansea's Holocaust Memorial Day service for the first time later this week.

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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe will be the focus of events on Friday to remember victims of the Nazi Holocaust and those who have suffered genocide in other parts of the world.

The event will be attended by civic dignitaries, elected members, and staff and pupils representing schools from across the city.

A specially commissioned flag will also fly from the Council's Civic Centre on Holocaust Memorial Day which falls on Saturday.

YGG Bryn Tawe headteacher Simon Davies said: "This is the first time that one of the city's Welsh medium secondary schools has hosted this important event and we are pleased that we will be joined by our partner primary schools as well as representatives from other secondary schools across the city.

"The theme this year, 'The Power of Words', is a strong and pertinent reminder to us all of the importance of challenging intolerance and persecution. This year, our pupils will use the theme to show how we can also make a difference to people's lives in a positive manner through humanity and kindness."

Friday's service will include various items from pupils at YGG Bryn Tawe and their primary cluster - Ysgolion Cymraeg Felindre, Gellionned, Lon Las, Tan y Lan, Tirdeunaw and Y Cwm

The Lord Mayor of Swansea Philip Downing will offer the statement of commitment, representatives from the Police Cadets will attend as Holocaust champions and the chair of governors at YGG Bryntawe, Heini Gruffudd, will share a personal perspective of the holocaust. Norma Glass MBE, who is a leading member of the Jewish Community in Wales, will offer the closing remarks.

Cllr Downing said: "It is vital that we ensure that the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides are not forgotten.

"It is only by sharing these dark chapters of our history with the younger generation can we prevent such atrocities from happening again.

"It is therefore only right Swansea Council joins many others throughout the UK to support and promote understanding and co-operation across all communities, of all ages, for Holocaust Memorial Day."

'The Power of Words' is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. For more information go to http://hmd.org.uk


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