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Bournemouth & Poole to Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day at BICPeople from across Bournemouth and Poole will remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and other genocides at a Holocaust Memorial Day event at the BIC on Sunday 28th January 2018.
On Sunday 28th January hundreds will gather at the BIC to mark the national Holocaust Memorial Day. Organised by the Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee the annual event will remember all those who were killed or persecuted during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The free event will take place at the BIC between 14:00 – 15.45 pm and include testimony from a daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a Syrian refugee.
Between 1941 and 1945, the Nazis attempted to annihilate all of Europe’s Jews. Over six million men, women and children perished in ghettos, mass-shootings, concentration camps and extermination camps. To commemorate all who died, candles will be lit by representatives who reflect the cultural diversity in the community. Symbolising the millions murdered in the Holocaust and other genocides, they will be lit by members of the Jewish, Muslim, Romany, Black, Minority Ethnic and LGBT communities. Tributes will also be paid to the victims of genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur along with the millions affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.
The main speaker at the 2018 event will be Bilha Weider, she will talk about her mother, Lily Ebert and how she held on to her family pendant through her deportation and journey through Auschwitz. The other speaker is a young Syrian man who was born and lived in Damascus with his young family until the Syrian Civil War forced him to leave. He was an English teacher at home and is now a refugee working as a carer.
The power of words is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. Talks will discuss how words can make a difference – both for good and evil. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a pebble to the service. An artist will be creating a piece of commemorative art with all the pebbles that are collected on the day.
Lynda Ford-Horne, one of the organisers of the event, said:
 ‘‘This year we are delighted to bring our annual commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day back to the BIC. We expect over 500 people to attend and listen to both the experience of a young Syrian refugee and the amazing story Lily Ebert’s Auschwitz survival. You can also learn about the power of words and how we can all make a difference.’’
For more information or to register your attendance, please visit: link will open in new window  If you do not have access to the Internet, you are still more than welcome to attend. You will, however, need to register yourself on arrival at the registration desk.

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