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Community Solidarity Stroud District will host a ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 28th January from 2-3pm at the Lansdown Hall (GL5 1BB)

Jeremy Green, one of the organisers of the event said: “Please join us in reflection and remembrance on Sunday 28th January at the Lansdown Hall for our Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony. The event will include speakers from our local Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. We will also hear about Hitler’s forgotten victims – disabled people.”

Music will be provided by the Stroud Red Band and Grove Singers, as in previous years. Baron Mendes da Costa from the Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community will read the Kaddish, and there will be short speeches from Community Solidarity Stroud District, Stroud Trades Council, Stroud District Together with Refugees and Stroud Against Racism.

This year, to accompany the ceremony, there will be two further events exploring issues raised by Holocaust Memorial Day, also taking place at the Lansdown Hall. Stroud Radical Reading Group will a discussion of a book by Italian-Jewish author and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. Stroud Film Festival will present a screening of the film Denial, which tells the story of historian Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she called him a Holocaust denier.

2-3pm: Ceremony. Full information is available on the Community Solidarity Stroud District website.

3.30-5.30pm: discussion of Primo Levi’s book, The Drowned and The Saved, hosted by Stroud Radical Reading Group.

7.30pm: screening of the film Denial as part of Stroud Film Festival. Denial is based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, and adapted for the screen by David Hare. It tells the story of historian Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she called him a Holocaust denier. With the burden of proof on the accused in defamation cases, it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove that the Holocaust occurred. This will be a ticketed event – with tickets priced at £8/6/4. Check the Festival website Stroud Film Festival.

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