The South West Dorset Multi-Cultural Network, supported by Dorset Council and Dorchester Town Council is hosting its annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) today (Friday 24 January) to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The free event is being held at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester from 12.30pm -1.30pm and is open to everyone.
The theme for HMD 2020 is ‘Stand Together’. The anniversary represents a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.
Gillian Walnes Perry, the honorary Vice-President of the Anne Frank Trust is guest speaker and pupils from Sunninghill Preparatory School will share poetry they’ve been inspired to write having learnt about the Holocaust and genocide.
The event will conclude with a lighting of candles, and a minute’s silence. Free refreshments will be served afterwards.
The Corn Exchange will open from 11am to allow time to view exhibits before the event starts at 12.30.