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Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated in Eastbourne

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Eastbourne people came together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with two special events that remembered those who suffered under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides.

Organised and sponsored by Eastbourne Borough Council, the first event was a film screening of Nicky’s Family at the Town Hall. The documentary retold the true story of Sir Nicholas Winton’s extraordinary efforts to rescue 669 children just before the outbreak of World War II.

The second main event at the Tennis Centre, with the theme “The Power of Words”, was hosted by Carolyn Heaps, Faiths’ Champion for the Council, and opened by The Mayor of Eastbourne Councillor Pat Hearn.

The main speaker was Gaby Weiner, Visiting Professor at Sussex University, who spoke about her family arriving as refugees in Britain.

Two children, Jess and Rosie Copeland, narrated excerpts from Anne Frank’s diary and there was a performance from The International Voice Orchestra.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd closed the event that was also attended by Chair of Lewes District Council Councillor Stephen Gauntlett and Chair of East Sussex County Council Councillor Michael Ensor.

Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council Councillor David Tutt said: “Tragically, since the Holocaust, genocides have continued to happen in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Events like Holocaust Memorial Day remind us of how important it is to remember those who have suffered and to learn lessons from the past so that we can create a better future.

“We were delighted with how well attended both events were and the feedback we have received following the events has been extremely positive.”

Published on February 6, 2018