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Chichester to mark 70 years since Auschwitz liberation

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CHRISTIANS and Jews will join together in Chichester Cathedral this week to mark the 70-year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

A memorial service held on Thursday January 29 will be attended by the London Council of Christians and Jews as part of this week’s commemorations of the Holocaust.

The service, which is open to the public, starts at 3pm in George Bell House near South Street, and will be followed by a short commemoration in Chichester Cathedral, during which rabbis will sing the Kaddish and the El male Rachamim.

Dr Andrew Chandler is a Reader in Modern History at the University and a Director of the George Bell Institute, which was founded in 1996 in honour of the former Chichester bishop who fought against oppression during World War Two.

He said: “The commemoration at Chichester Cathedral will bring together leading members of the Council of Christians and Jews, a national body set up in London in 1942, staff and students at the University as well as people from across the city.

“The event will be striking, and significant, in affirming the importance of historical memory in the week in which we observe the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

“To hear the voice of a Rabbi singing the Kaddish, ringing through the great spaces of Chichester Cathedral will surely be a vivid and unforgettable experience.”

The memorial service will start at 3pm in George Bell House, 4 Canon Lane, Chichester, PO19 1PX.

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