A MEMORIAL service was to be held today to remember those who lost their lives during the Holocaust.
The public are urged to remember those murdered in the Holocaust and under Nazi persecution and in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
During the Holocaust Memorial Day service in Southsea readings and prayers will be read by representatives of groups who have suffered or been persecuted.
Lord Mayor councillor Cheryl Buggy will then plant a flag on which people can write their thoughts and messages in line with this year’s theme, which asks people to ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’, to create a better, safer future.
The memorial day is designed to highlight issues such as racism and genocide. The date was chosen as it was the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp was liberated.
Portsmouth City Council leader, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘So many innocent lives were lost, and the Holocaust Memorial Day service allows us all to reflect on the issues of the time, which sadly are still very relevant in society today.’
The service will be held at the D-Day Museum in Clarence Parade, Southsea, at midday.
Entrance to the D-Day museum will be free on Sunday to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. From midday until 2pm short talks on the history of the Holocaust will be given by University of Portsmouth history lecturer Dr Mathias Seiter.
A poster display called Never Again? Thinking about the Holocaust will also be on show.