As the 73rd anniversary of the Holocaust approaches, the people of Dorset prepare to commemorate the historical tragedy.
Bournemouth and Poole’s Holocaust Memorial Day Committee are hosting a public event at the Bournemouth International Centre on Sunday 28th January 2018.
The commemoration will include a testimony of a young Syrian refugee and the story of Lily Ebert’s Holocaust survival.
Buzz News spoke to Lynda Ford-Horne, the Chair of the committee to explain why she’s combined the issue of refugees with the Holocaust:
Ahead of the event, Lynda told us the story of Lily Ebert and how she survived Auschwitz concentration camp with the hope of her locket:
As part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the committee has teamed up with Bournemouth Library to host an exhibition of artwork inspired by Henry Schachter’s story of his Holocaust survival.
Last year’s, year 8 students from Cranborne Middle School have produced individual pieces of artwork following a six-week Holocaust Education Programme.
Students met and spoke to Henry Schachter, a Holocaust survivor whose parents gave him to a non-Jewish family in Belgium to hide from the Nazi German regime. He then became one of Belgium’s 3,000 ‘hidden children’.
When Allies liberated Brussels in 1944, Schachter was brought to Britain to live with his Christian family, after his parents perished in the Holocaust.
Lynda emphasised the importance of educating young students about the Holocaust and how learning about these issues can impact their perspectives on the world:
The exhibition will also commemorate International Memorial on the 27th January, honouring the victims, survivors and rescuers of the Holocaust.
Barry Meehan, Manager of Bournemouth Library, told Buzz News:
It’s clear from these works that the students learnt much from the experience including the importance of continuing to remember and understand the horror of this event in history.
“I think there is much value to be gained from visiting the exhibition and it has been well received with positive responses and no adverse comments.”
A lady observing the exhibition said:
I think all of the artwork is excellent and done brilliantly.
“The students are so creative and have really portrayed the harsh truth of what happened in Germany during that time.”
Gallery of the students’ artwork remembering the Holocaust:
The annual commemoration of Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day is taking place on Sunday 28th January 2018 at the Bournemouth International Centre from 2.00pm to 3.45pm.
Listen below to find out what’s happening on the day:
Tickets to the event are free and can be obtained here.
Written by Lucy Thomas and Grace Handley.