Kushti Bok have organised an August 2nd Roma Holocaust Memorial Day service in Dorchester, Dorset for the first time ever, joining the annual remembrance service in Hyde Park, London.
Kushti Bok organiser Betty Smith-Billington says: “After my visit to the Dik Hai Na Bister event last year, organised by Sherrie Smith, and attending the annual service held in Auschwitz-Birkenau, I was intent on raising awareness of the "Night of the Gypsies" when 2,897 Sinti/Roma were annihilated by the Nazi camp guards in one day/night on 2nd August 1944.”
“I am hoping that one day the UK government will see fit to recognise this day in the future.”
“We have many local dignitaries including the High Sheriff. Equality and Diversity Managers for both Bournemouth and Poole local authorities. Representatives from Dorset Race Equality. There will also be a representative from the Holocaust Memorial Trust.”
“Kushti Bok have a long standing association with Kingston Maurward College and we are honoured that the new Principal Luke Rake has been so supportive of our event and to allow Kushti Bok to hold the service in the grounds of the College”.
A Kushti Bok member and Reverend Jonathan Herbert, the current Chaplain for Gypsies and Travellers, will be taking the service.
There will be several community members reciting Gypsy poetry and reading out testimonies. The chair of the Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Committee, Lynda Ford-Horne, will be doing a reading.
12 – 2pm August 2nd at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset; DT2 8PX
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