Alderney remembers victims of Holocaust at a special service

ALDERNEY remembered victims of the Holocaust at a special service yesterday.

The vicar of Alderney, the Rev. Jan Fowler, and States President William Tate with the wreath laid at the dedication plaque to all the slave workers who died between 1940 and 1945. Picture by David Nash (30436765)
The vicar of Alderney, the Rev. Jan Fowler, and States President William Tate with the wreath laid at the dedication plaque to all the slave workers who died between 1940 and 1945. Picture by David Nash (30436765)

Alderney Churches Together marked Holocaust Remembrance Day with a service at the Hammond Memorial for all the slave workers who died on the island during the Second World War.

Islanders gathered and held a minute’s silence after President William Tate laid a wreath beneath the main memorial tablet, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

With the black-and-white striped tribute flag, representing the striped uniforms of the slave workers, and the Alderney flag streaming out above the ceremony in the high wind over the memorial, islanders gathered at the stone semi-circle which sits prominently at a crossroads overlooking the site of the Saye Bay slave workers’ camp and the Longis Common burial ground where many prisoners were interred.

After the island's vicar Jan Fowler said a prayer for the dead, Mr Tate reflected on the fate of so many foreign workers who perished on Alderney and told the 40 islanders present that the memorial day was not just for the six million Jews murdered under Nazi persecution, but to remember the other ethnic groups in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Guernsey will hold its own day to remember the Holocaust on Yom Hashoah – the day when Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It will take place on 28 April.

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