Dont Stand By - The Directory Group

Don't stand by

Havant’s annual service of remembrance to mark the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau will be attended by Walter Kammerling, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.

The non-denominational service of commemoration will take place on Holocaust Memorial Day Wednesday 27th January at Havant Cemetery, from 11am, and will be hosted by the Mayor of Havant Leah Turner.

Led by Councillor Gerald Shimbart, the service will focus on this year’s national theme ‘Don’t stand by’ and include a speech by 92-year-old Walter - who was 14 when Nazi Germany occupied Austria in 1938 - about his experiences during The Holocaust.

The ceremony will reflect upon the impact of man’s inhumanity to many through persecution, conflict and genocide, whilst remembering those who suffered and died in the Holocaust.

Cllr Turner said: “This is a very important date in our calendar and we are honoured to have Holocaust survivor Walter Kammerling attending the ceremony this year, together with many other mayors and chairmen from across Hampshire, to commemorate this year’s theme of Don’t Stand By.”

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley