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Event to mark Holocaust memorial
Auschwitz
Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 1999
A Holocaust survivor is set to be the keynote speaker at a Berkshire event to mark the atrocity.

Steven Frank, who lost his father and many relatives in the Holocaust, will be telling his story during an evening at Reading Council Chamber on Thursday.

The event - to remember and reflect on the Nazi persecution - is free to all.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January every year - the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Mr Frank, who lived in Holland before emigrating to the UK, was sent to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in September 1944.

The majority of his fellow inmates were later transported east, to the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

A number of speakers will address the event and there will also be a panel debate exploring what could be done at local level to address extremist views.

Sadly there have been, and continue to be, many other atrocities throughout the world
Councillor Jo Lovelock

One of the panellists will be Vera Gissing, who was rescued from Czechoslovakia as a child.

She was one of 668 children smuggled out of the Nazi-occupied country by Sir Nicholas Winton, from Maidenhead, who received an MBE in 2002 for his efforts during World War II.

The rescue operation was known as the Czech Kindertransport.

Councillor Jo Lovelock, deputy leader of the council, said: "The evening has been organised to reflect and remember those who died in the Holocaust.

"It's important we honour their memory and show our continued support and respect for the survivors.

"Sadly there have been, and continue to be, many other atrocities throughout the world that should be marked on this day too.

"The evening will also help us to think about how discrimination can still damage our society today and consider what we can do to work together to confront racism and bigotry."

The event, entitled "Imagine....Remember, Reflect, React", has been organised by Reading Borough Council and Reading Council for Racial Equality (RCRE) and begins at 1830 GMT.



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