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THE atrocities of the Holocaust will be marked when people come together for a memorial day.

A service takes place around the Holocaust Memorial in Havant Cemetery in Eastern Road, from 11am on Monday, January 27.

It will be led by Hart Plain councillor Gerald Shimbart and will include readings from the mayor of Havant Paul Buckley and Hayling Cllr Leah Turner, who is Jewish.

Cllr Turner will read a story of hope, relating to the story of the Kindertransport.

The memorial day event marks the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The theme of this year’s service is Journeys.

Havant’s Mayor Paul Buckley said: ‘This is an important date in our calendar, when in a simple ceremony we reflect upon the impact of man’s inhumanity to man through persecution, conflict and genocide.

‘We remember those who suffered and died in the Holocaust and other atrocities and hope that we can learn from the lessons of history.’