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Holocaust Memorial Day in Portsmouth

Portsmouth residents are invited to attend a special service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in front of Portsmouth City Museum.

The service will be led by Bishop Paul Miles-Knight and will include an opening speech by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Ken Ellcome, followed by readings from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Donna Jones, and representatives of communities who have suffered or been persecuted as part of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides – such as the Jewish, African, and Kurdish communities.

At the end of the service the Lord Mayor will light a candle to start a minute's reflection.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a national event held to remember the millions of people who lost their lives or suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and also in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The theme this year is: 'the power of words'. Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organizations or the state can have a huge impact, whether good or bad. The theme for HMD 2018 explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day.

In the case of wet weather the event will move to the Esther Room inside the Museum. Due to restrictions on capacity, entry will be on a first come first served basis.

While this event takes place between 10am-11am at the city museum, the Big Screen Portsmouth will offer a video that has been produced by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust from 9:15am and throughout the rest of the day.

This event is organised by the Portsmouth City Council Events Team. Any enquiries please contact

Earlier Event: November 12
Remembrance Sunday Service
Later Event: March 12
Commonwealth Flag Raising Ceremony