Monday, 21 January 2019 14:42

Bournemouth and Poole to Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

People from across Bournemouth and Poole will remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and other genocides at a Holocaust Memorial Day event on Sunday, 27th January 2019.

On Sunday 27th January hundreds of people across the region will gather at The Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, to commemorate National Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.

Organised by the Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee this annual event remembers all those who were killed or persecuted during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The free event will take place at The Lighthouse from 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Between 1939 and 1945, the Nazis attempted to annihilate all of Europe’s Jews. This systematic attempt to murder the Jews is known as the Holocaust (Shoah in Hebrew). By the end of the Holocaust, six million men, women and children had perished in ghettos, mass-shootings, concentration camps and extermination camps.

The keynote speaker this year, in keeping with the commemoration’s chosen theme of “Torn from Home” is Holocaust survivor Joanna Millen, whose birth name was Bela Rosenthal. In 1944, Joanna was orphaned at 18 months old when her mother contracted tuberculosis in Terezin concentration camp. Joanna will share the story of how she survived this tragic and traumatic experience.

Symbolising the millions murdered in the Holocaust and other genocides, candles will be lit by representatives from the Jewish, Muslim, Romany, Black, Minority Ethnic and LGBT communities in Bournemouth and Poole. Tributes will also be paid to the victims of genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur along with the millions affected by the on-going conflict in Syria.

This year also marks the 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport and the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. “Torn from Home” encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call “home” is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution, war and genocide.

Lynda Ford-Horne, one of the organisers of the event, said,  ‘‘This year is particularly significant in terms of our remembrance with the anniversaries of the arrival of the Kindertransport in Britain and the mass slaughter of 70% of the Tutsi in Rwanda. Our national history of welcoming those who come to our shores having been “torn from home” is a proud tradition making us question our own responsibility as citizens.”

For more information or to register in advance your free attendance, please contact the Box Office at Poole Lighthouse on 01202 280000.