Council remembers Holocaust survivors and families for Memorial Day

Published Wednesday, 16th January 2019

Logo for memorial day, purple flame over text.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will once again remember all those who perished or were affected by the Jewish Holocaust on National Holocaust Memorial Day.

On Thursday 24 January, 6pm in the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea, a service of commemoration will be held in remembrance of anyone affected by the Holocaust and other more recent genocides across the world. The service will include music, choir performance by the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs, poetry, a presentation by students from St Bernard’s High School and an address by holocaust survivor, Dr Martin Stern, MBE.

Dr Stern was born in 1938 and lived in Holland. He is a retired Clinical Immunologist who worked at the University Hospitals of Leicester.  At the age of five, whilst at his nursery school, he was arrested and transported, with his one year old sister to the Westerbork prison camp in the Netherlands and then to the Theresienstadt ghetto or concentration camp north of Prague.

Following this, on Friday 25 January at 12pm, The Worshipful The Mayor, Cllr Derek Jarvis and local dignitaries from the local community will join together to plant a Holocaust Memorial Day tree at the junction of Bishopsteignton and Maplin Way North.

Finally, there are a series of exhibitions relating to the Holocaust Memorial Day currently at the Forum Gallery, which will also be on display in the Civic Centre on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Cllr Lesley Salter, cabinet member for healthy communities and wellbeing, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a nationally recognised day, and we hope many people will join us as we pay tribute to remember loved ones and families who suffered in the Holocaust, as well as other more recent genocides across the world.

“The council is honoured to commemorate this day, and the service will serve as a poignant reminder for future generations, and will hopefully go some way in preventing further tragedies.

“We hope to see good turnouts at each of the services, and we look forward to welcoming our special guests.”

Attendance at all services listed above is free of charge, with no booking required.