YORK residents are being invited to help to one of the city’s darkest hours.
A lantern-lit service will be held at Clifford’s Tower on Wednesday 16th March 2016 to mark the anniversary of the 1190 massacre of an estimated 150 Jewish people in York.
The event is organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Steering Group and will include a statement about the events of 1190, read on behalf of the city by the Lord Mayor.
At the time, York’s population of Jews had taken refuge inside the then wooden tower from a rampaging anti-Semitic mob.
Seeing no possibility of escape, many of the unfortunate Jews chose to die by their own hand, while those who surrendered were put to death by the mob.
The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Sonja Crisp said: “This event is a shared remembrance of the massacre of Jewish people at York Castle [now Clifford’s Tower] in 1190.
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