Sunday was Holocaust Memorial Day, and I was honoured to read a poem, W H Auden’s Refugee Blues, during the multi-faith service at Wakefield Cathedral.

Each year there are fewer survivors left to give us their testimonies and tell us what they experienced and witnessed in the Nazi death camps. It is our responsibility to honour them by reflecting on the lessons from this horrific chapter of history. In 2006 I visited Rwanda and met with the survivors of genocide – I saw the scars these crimes against humanity leave. In 2009 I changed the law so that people accused of genocide could be tried in the UK.

Mary with local faith leaders and councillors
Mary with local faith leaders and councillors
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