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CHILDREN and civic dignitaries will stand side-by-side in silence on the anniversary of the day the Allies liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 68 years ago.

The borough of Havant will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, on Sunday, January 27, with a service attended by the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Gerald Shimbart, as well as local Cubs and Scouts.

The ceremony will feature tributes and readings to unite the community’s many minority groups. Their contributions will commemorate the victims of genocides and massacres throughout history, not just the Holocaust of the Second World War. Cllr Shimbart said: ‘This year’s theme for the Holocaust Memorial Day is Communities Together: Build a Bridge. It is important we never forget the tragedies that have taken place across the globe. By bringing people together in this way we can take heed of history’s lessons and help prevent future atrocities.’

There will also be tributes from Ben Ayres, who will represent the gypsy community.

Held in Havant Cemetery, Eastern Road, at 2.30pm, the event is one of few in the south to be held on the anniversary of the infamous concentration camp’s liberation.

Josh Whatsize, National Youth Champion of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, will be speaking at the service. He said he hopes the lessons of history are remembered by subsequent generations.