Southend Council to stage virtual event for Holocaust Memorial Day

Southend Council will once again remember all those who were murdered or affected by the Jewish Holocaust and other genocides on National Holocaust Memorial Day.

This year will be a little different and on Tuesday January 26 at 6pm the council is inviting the people of Southend to join them on YouTube and social media for a virtual memorial service to recognise and reflect on National Holocaust Memorial Day.

The service will include, music, reflections and readings including an address by Mrs Susan Bermange. The service will be available to view online here.

Susan’s Father, Berek “Bob” Obuchowski was a holocaust survivor, and spoke at the service in Southend in 2011. He spent over three years in the Łódź ghetto, was transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Rhemsdorf and finally survived a death march to Thereisenstadt, where he was liberated.

On Wednesday January 27, the parks team will plant a commemorative tree on Marine Parade. In line with government guidance this will not be a public event.

Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism will also speak as part of the service and 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 of those who suffered so terribly during the Holocaust, as well as other more recent genocides across the world.

“The council is honoured to commemorate this day, and while this years’ service is an online event we hope it will serve as a poignant reminder for future generations and will help contribute in a small way to raising awareness about, and helping to prevent further persecutions and genocide.”

A national online event is also taking place at 7pm on Wednesday January 27. Register at


Mick Ferris

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