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Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations get underway in West Berkshire today (Monday)

AN exhibition about the life of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis during the Second World War, opens at Newbury Library today (Monday).

The Anne Frank: A History For Today exhibition marks the start of the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in West Berkshire and forms part of the West Berkshire Minority Ethnic Forum Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations, and it is set in the context of the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, January 15, at Newbury Library, The Wharf, and is supported by Greenham Common Trust.

Gillian Walnes, the executive director and co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, said recently that she was very excited about opening the exhibition in Newbury. She added: "This will be the first event of the Anne Frank Trust UK twentieth anniversary year.”

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 is ‘untold Stories' and in this context the exhibition aims to demonstrate the untold stoires of help and assistance that many people gave during the war. It also about what can happen when minorities are mistreated and intolerance gains the upper hand.

The organisers are seeking further ‘untold stories' from the Second World War, related to the Holocaust, or other Nazi atrocities. Please send them to Marcia Perkin, email at marcia.perkin@ntlworld.com, by February 7.

Some stories may be published, or displayed (with permission), at an evening of remembrance to conclude the West Berkshire Minority Ethnic Forum Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations 2011 at Newbury Town Hall chambers, from 6.30pm to 9pm, on March 9.

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