Stories of hate from the streets of London will be graphically recounted at the Anne Frank Trust’s fifth annual lunch on Monday 22 January to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The lunch, at the London Hilton on Park Lane, will be attended by over 600 leading business people.

The BBC’s Natasha Kaplinsky will introduce four young people, aged from 14 to 20, who have each experienced physical and verbal attacks for being Muslim, Jewish, gay or Kosovan. Home Office figures state that police recorded 50,000 racially or religiously motivated hate crimes in 2005, but that most hate crimes, and as much as 90% of homophobic crime, go unreported.

Like Anne Frank, who communicated so vividly in her diary what it felt like to be persecuted, these courageous young people, Tugba, Anisa, Danny and Jasmine, will describe their experiences – which all took place recently in north, east and south London – and convey their hopes for the future.

Other participants, who will light memorial candles, include Sybilla Friedler, who hid with her family in Amsterdam during World War Two just a few doors along from Anne Frank and her family; Eva Clarke, who miraculously survived being born in the dreaded Mauthausen death camp, and Ismail Jarbo, who recently fled the killings in Darfur.

Jack Morris OBE, chairman of the Business Design Centre, and Sir David Michels, recently retired as the Chief Executive of the Hilton Group, will also speak.

The lunch offers business people of all cultural backgrounds a way of coming together to mark one of the most significant dates in the year. Proceeds from the event support The Anne Frank Trust’s work with young people to challenge prejudice and hatred and promote Anne Frank’s values of respect, compassion and moral courage.