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Lincoln church chosen as part of Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration

06 January 2015

St John the Baptist, Lincoln Ermine, has been selected as one of only 70 churches across the country to host a candle, designed by Sir Anish Kapoor, as part of a national initiative to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 2015.

70 specially commissioned candles are to be lit across UK to mark 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.

undefinedMiss Jessica Howell will light the candle at 4.30pm to begin a moment of reflection honouring the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Jessica visited Auschwitz as a student at the local high school, and became a student ambassador, giving talks to her fellow students and to local groups about her visit and the issues it raises. She is now a qualified teacher at a local academy teaching RE, and is passionate about engaging children in discussing issues around the Holocaust. Jessica also arranges and leads the annual Holocaust Memorial Day service at St John’s.

St John the Baptist church was chosen from hundreds of applications sent to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the charity responsible for marking Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, and Father Stephen Hoy is proud that St John's has been selected to host one of the 70 candles.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important focal point in the year and we are delighted to have been chosen to be part of this nationwide commemoration," said Fr Stephen. "It is vital that we remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived.”

The event will take place on 27th January at St John the Baptist, and begins at 3.45pm. Sir Anish’s candles will also be lit at a national commemorative event in central London and at Auschwitz as part of international commemorations taking place on the same day.

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, says:

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“Sir Anish Kapoor has created a beautiful candle to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. When all 70 of their candles are lit throughout the country, it will be a poignant moment of remembrance and a time for us all to ensure we keep the memory alive.”

Sir Anish Kapoor, 60, is best known for his sculpture work, including the ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower built in Stratford’s Olympic Park for London 2012, and Chicago’s mirrored, legume-shaped Cloud Gate, which is more commonly known as the Bean.

He was awarded the Turner Prize from the Tate in 1991 and received a Knighthood in the 2013 Birthday Honours list for his services to visual arts.

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and the events taking place visit www.hmd.org.uk or follow the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Twitter via @HMD_UK #HMD2015.