Portsmouth to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday

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A service will mark Holocaust Memorial Day near the grounds of the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth on Friday.

People across the city will be taking time to remember the lives lost during the Holocaust, and in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur, from midday.

The day aims to raise awareness of issues such as racism and genocide, as well as marking the holocaust.

The date for the memorial day was chosen as it was the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp was liberated.

Dr Mathias Seiter, history lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, will hold talks at midday and 2pm on the history of the holocaust.

A poster display called Never Again? Thinking about the Holocaust, produced by the Wiener Library, will be on show, before it is exhibited in the central library from January 30 until February 2.

At 12.20pm The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Cheryl Buggy will be planting a bulb in memory of those who died in genocide.

Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘So many innocent lives were lost, and the Holocaust Memorial Day service allows us all to reflect on the issues, which sadly are still relevant in society.’