THE people of Worcester paid tribute to the six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, as they joined in poignant commemorations held around the world.

Sixty years to the day the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was liberated, city dignitaries including the mayor of Worcester, Councillor Allah Ditta, chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Derek Prodger, and the Bishop of Worcester, Rt Rev Peter Selby, attended a candle-lighting and readings ceremony.

It was held at the Guildhall on the High Street, and also drew attention to prejudice against other groups.

Candles were lit to symbolise the plight of persecuted and downtrodden minorities.

"It was a very emotional ceremony," said coun Ditta, who made a speech, urging more understanding of minorities and education to avoid future segregation and persecution.