Holocaust Memorial Day Service of Commemoration
This annual event is a time for reflection on the genocides that have occurred over the last century and what we can do to build a safer and more inclusive society. The commemoration includes music, reflections, presentation from a local secondary school, poetry and an address by Mr Bernie Graham. Mr Graham’s connection with Southend is through his parents who lived much of the last twenty years of their lives in Westcliff on Sea. They both came to England as children in the late 1930s on the Kindertransport but sadly many of their family members were murdered in the Nazi Concentration camps at Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec, Sorbibor and Dachau. Mr Graham explored his mother’s family’s Holocaust experiences in the 2020 BBC1 documentary, ‘My Family, The Holocaust and Me’ with Rob Rinder.
We welcome Mr Graham to Southend to talk about the experiences of his family.
The service will take place at The Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6ER and is open to all and guests are invited to arrive early in order to view the exhibitions. Parking is available in the Civic Centre car park, off Carnarvon Road, and will be free for this event.
**In accordance with Covid regulations, if necessary, the service of commemoration will be broadcast online.**