Holocaust victims remembered

Victims of the Holocaust have been remembered in ceremonies across Wales as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Children in Torfaen planted snowdrops to remember those who died.

Each child wrote a personal dedication to the victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Their work formed part of an exhibition on display at a free memorial concert at County Hall in Cwmbran on Saturday.

National Assembly Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis-Thomas attened a multi-faith ceremony at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff on Sunday.

Residents of Cardiff came together to commemorate the Holocaust at a specialNational Memorial Service at Cardiff City Hall on Friday.

The service was hosted by Lord Mayor of Cardiff Russell Goodway and led by theLord Mayor’s Chaplain, the Reverend Stewart Lisk.

Personal tales

“They decided to burn the synagogue with us in it,” said Ellen Davies, who was forced to move to Swansea from Germany to flee persecution at the age of 10.

“I will always have the vision of my mother and father getting smaller and smaller as the train moved away.”

Mrs Davies travels around south Wales to tell children of the horrors of the Holocaust. She has received over 200 letters of thanks from the children she speaks to.

“I find it difficult, but it is something that has to be done.

“If you don’t know the past, the future will repeat itself. I feel a very deep need to pass on the horrors to young people.

“I’ve been through hell and I don’t want anyone else going through that.”