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York Minster candles mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial candle at York Minster
Image caption The candle is one of 70 commissioned across the UK by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and was designed by Sir Anish Kapoor.

A survivor of the Holocaust has lit a candle in York Minster to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Edith Jayne, a World War 2 Jewish refugee, lit the candle during Choral Evensong which began an evening of reflection at the cathedral.

Born in Vienna in 1936 to a Jewish father and Roman Catholic mother, Mrs Jayne and the family later fled Austria.

Image caption After the war it emerged more than 40 members of Mrs Jayne's father's family had died in Auschwitz
Image caption Visitors to York Minster were also encouraged to light their own candle in a tribute to those who died during the Holocaust
Image caption In all 600 candles were lit and placed on the floor of the Chapter House creating The Star of David in light

The service featured a number of readings and prayers interspersed with silence for quiet reflection.

Image caption The Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, was sung by the York Minster choir during the service

The Rev Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood, Canon Chancellor at York Minster, said: "It is vital that we remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived."

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