Harry Olmer

Harry Olmer talk to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

A survivor of Nazi concentration camps is coming to Hammersmith Town Hall to talk about his experiences.

The visit by Harry Olmer will mark Holocaust Memorial Day. He will be talking about his experiences and taking questions from 12 noon to 1.30pm on Monday 11 February.

The event will be hosted by Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

"There has never been a more important time to pause and reflect on discrimination, racism and religious intolerance and reassert our determination to fight prejudice and discrimination wherever we find it," she said.

"We are privileged to be able to welcome Harry to the borough. It will give us a unique insight into his experience, one that we must hear and never forget."

Born in 1927, Harry was just a child when the Nazis occupied Poland. He was forced to carry out dangerous work on railway lines, a munitions factory and a quarry before being liberated by Russian troops in 1945.

He was brought to the UK as part of an initiative by the British fund for Jews to allow 1,000 child Holocaust survivors into the country.

He is married with four children, has had a long career as a dentist, and continues to share his experiences.

Holocaust Memorial Day took place on Sunday 27 January. It is dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust, as well as subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur.

The day gives us an opportunity to learn the lessons of the past and challenge ourselves to work to end issues like discrimination, racism and all forms of religious intolerance.

All are welcome to this event in Hammersmith Town Hall but you must register to attend.

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