Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz to take part in Merton’s Holocaust Memorial Day

Merton resident, the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz will help Merton remember the victims of the Holocaust, at its commemoration at 3pm, Sunday 29th January at the Merton Civic Centre.

The commemoration led by the Reverend Andrew Wakefield, will include readings from the Leader, the Mayor as well as the Archbishop. Music will be performed by the members of the Wimbledon Synagogue Choir.

The Holocaust Memorial Day aims to raise awareness and understanding of the events of the Holocaust to ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated. It also aims to provide a national mark of respect for all victims of Nazi persecution as well as commemorate other atrocities that have taken place since the World War II such as Rwanda, the Pol Pot massacres, and mass killings that took place in the Balkan States.

The day is open to all members of the public who wish to attend including Merton’s faith groups who have all been invited.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Judy Saunders said: ‘I would like to encourage Merton residents to join me in remembering the victims of the Holocaust at this Sunday. It is a chance for communities across Britain to join in remembrance of the many millions of innocent people who died during the Second World War and in acts of genocide since then.’

For further information on Holocaust Memorial Day in Merton contact the Mayors Office on 020 8545 3517, e-mail