PEOPLE across Dorset have commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day this year with a service and a ‘special’ video to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Aushwitz-Birkenau concentration camp – where more than a million people died in the Second World War.
Multiple groups across the county honoured the day including councils from Weymouth, Dorchester and Dorset, South West Dorset Multicultural Network, several schools and the local community.
Weymouth Town Council hosted a service at the Holocaust Memorial Tree in Radipole Gardens where dozens of people attended.
Weymouth Mayor Cllr Colin Huckle said: “This important well supported local service provided a chance for people to come along and join members of the community in paying their respects to the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.
“I am proud that the council can host these events and join the international community in raising awareness for these important commemorations.”
The international day was also commemorated by Dorchester Town Council and the South West Dorset Multicultural Network, with the support of Dorset Council.
They worked with the local community, Kushti Bok, and several Dorset schools to create a short film that would reflect on this year’s theme ‘One Day’.
Many contributed to the film including, the Mayor of Dorchester, Cllr Gareth Jones, the Chairman of Dorset Council, Cllr Val Pothecary, and HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell, who light candles to represent lighting the darkness.
This year’s theme was ‘One Day’, in the hope that there may be one day in the future where there will be no genocide.
Emma Scott, Community Development Officer at Dorchester Town Council, said: “This is always a very poignant event, and one that is still meaningful today.
“It allows us not only to remember those who died during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides, but also to honour their deaths by pledging to stand up to discrimination and hatred which we continue to need to resist today.
“The film will allow us to reflect on the theme ‘One Day’- survivors of the Holocaust and of genocide often talk about the One Day when everything changed, sometimes for the worse and sometimes for better.”
Cllr Gareth Jones, The Mayor of Dorchester said: “This is a longstanding event that the Town Council have always been pleased to support.
“We especially value the input of children and young people as it ensures that the lessons of the past are being learned and shared to create a better future.
“We would like to thank the schools that have participated this year including Sunninghill Prep School, The Woodroffe School, The Thomas Hardye School and Stoborough CE VA Primary School.”
To watch the video visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJJjaqIK1yg
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