Residents invited to reflect at Holocaust Memorial Day event

How can life go on after the Holocaust? That is the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day event at Merton Council featuring guest speakers from across the faith and local community.

Residents are invited to the event on Tuesday 24 January which marks Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27 1945.

The evening’s programme to be held at the council chamber at the Civic Centre in Morden from 7pm to 9pm, includes a presentation from a member of the Second Generation Network and contributions from local politicians, community representatives, religious leaders and the Wimbledon Synagogue choir.

This year’s theme is ‘how can life go on’ and urges us to reflect on our responsibilities after such crimes and how survivors are supported to rebuild their lives.

The mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser who will be leading the event said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives through the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and honour the survivors.

“In Merton we are proud of our diverse community where people from different backgrounds get on well together. The event shows our commitment to continuously working to erase hatred, prejudice and discrimination in the borough.”

The council also has an exhibition in the Civic Centre reception displaying information on the Holocaust and other genocides. It will be there until January 27.

For further information on Holocaust memorial events visit www.merton.gov.uk/holocaustmemorialday