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Holocaust Memorial Day To Be Marked In Weymouth

Holocaust Radipole Gardens

10:37am 16th January 2015

A service to remember the victims and survivors of one of the worse crimes against humanity is being held in Weymouth this month.

Holocaust Memorial Day marks the moment in 1945 when the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated as well honouring those who suffered the horrors in genocides like those in Cambodia and Rwanda.

A local service is taking place on 27th January in the Princess Diana Gardens in Weymouth from 10:30am and is being hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year is 'Keep the Memory Alive'.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Social Inclusion brief holder, Cllr Francis Drake said: "This service is a chance for people to come along and pay their respects to the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides."

"I am pleased that the council can facilitate important events such as this on Holocaust Memorial Day."

As well as the service on Tuesday 27 January, a Holocaust Memorial Day display will be on show at Weymouth Library from Monday 26 January to Monday 2 February.

The display has been set up by Barbara Cohen of the South West Dorset Multicultural Network and friends.

The South West Dorset Multicultural Network have also organised a free event on Friday 30 January at the Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester from 12.30pm-1.30pm.

There will be a range of speakers including the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Harry Grenville who came to the UK from Germany as part of the Kindertransport.

They will be speaking about the experiences of people during the Holocaust and reminding us of our duty to keep the memory alive. All are welcome to attend and free refreshments will be served.

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