York is to mark the 830th anniversary of the city’s massacre of its Jewish community on 16th March at York Castle.
The anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of the city’s 150 Jews in 1190 will also be used to commemorate the Holocaust and will take place under Clifford’s Tower, where the massacre took place after the community gathered there seeking refuge from the belligerent townspeople.
The event is due to include music, readings and lanterns.
York council’s executive member for culture and communities, Darryl Smalley, said: “York is proud to stand with others once again, to raise awareness and commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. We hope to see both residents and visitors join us at Clifford’s Tower memorial to show their support for York’s Jewish population.”
The massacre at York was one of a series of antisemitic pogroms in England in 1189-90 which also included Norwich and Lincoln.