Holocaust Memorial Day to be commemorated in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Jan 14, 2020 - 07:00 AM


By Ray Duff

Folkestone Town Council will once again be holding it's annual Holocaust Memorial Day event, this year on Monday 27th January, from 11am in the Methodist Church, Sandgate Road and across at the nearby Garden of Remembrance.

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The event will consist of speakers including the Town Mayor and local students, with music followed by the placing of pebbles on the memorial followed by sampling various dishes from different cultures.

75th Anniversary

This year also marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Bekanau on the 27th January, by Soviet troops, followed by the gradual liberation of all the other camps by all Allied forces, in 1945.


It also marks the 75th Anniversary of the death of Anne Frank at Bergen - Belsen a month or so before the camp was liberated by British forces on 12 April.


The exact date of Anne's death was not recorded. It was long thought that her death occurred only a few weeks before British soldiers liberated the camp on 15 April 1945 but research in 2015 indicated that she may have died as early as February.

East Cliff Creatives

In addition to the Town Council event, East Cliff Creatives have been engaged in an art project with local Primary School children and others about the holocaust; alongside a photographic project involving local people of all ages 'Standing Together 'against hatred.

The project materials are now being collated and the group will be holding an exhibition of the work at 64 Old High Street for 1-2 weeks in conjunction with the memorial event starting near the end of the month.

Related links
Folkestone Town Council: [1]
East Cliff Creatives: [2]
Liberation of the Camps: [3]
Anne Frank: [4]

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