A Holocaust memorial candle created by internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor will be lit at Dewsbury Town Hall tomorrow.
The candle will be lit at the In Someone Else’s Shoes holocaust memorial event which starts at 6.30pm.
The event takes place as part of 70 candle lighting events around the UK. The 70 candles represent the 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz death camp.
Auschwitz survivor Iby Knill and 10-year-old Maja, the great-granddaughter of a Roma woman who was also in Auschwitz, will light one of 70 specially designed the candles to begin a moment of reflection honouring the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Pupils and people from Kirklees’s different ethnic communities will also share their personal accounts of persecution and hopes for the future.
Last November, faith groups and survivors of genocide including the Holocaust, Srebrenica, Bosnia and civil wars came together at a launch event for the In Someone Else’s Shoes project.
Survivors exchanged personalised shoe boxes containing shoes, stories and messages so that they could imagine being in one another’s shoes.
Mayor of Kirklees Clr Ken Smith said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important focal point in the year and we are delighted to have been selected to be part of this nationwide commemoration.
“It is vital that we remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived.
“I have visited these camps which are a sombre reminder and proof of past horrors on a vast scale and it is very fitting we commemorate their liberation.”
Sir Anish Kapoor’s work is collected worldwide, notably by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London and Fondazione Prada in Milan.