Merton Council will be paying its respects to the past and building hope for the future when it hosts a special event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Merton’s commemoration will take place on Monday 22 January from 7pm – 9pm in the council chamber at the civic centre in Morden. Members of the public are invited to attend.
This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Words’ and urges us to reflect on how language may be used for good or bad and the impact that words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides . The evening will include a presentation from a Holocaust survivor and contributions from local politicians, community representatives, religious leaders and the Wimbledon Synagogue choir. The event will be led by Mayor of Merton, Councillor Marsie Skeete.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Marsie Skeete, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an occasion to pause and reflect on the distressing events that happened in the past and how we as a society can learn from them for the future. In Merton we have a community made up of people from different backgrounds that get on well together which we are proud of. Civic events like this highlight our unity and we will continue to work together to ensure we don’t stand by and be divided by hatred, discrimination or prejudice.”
An exhibition displaying information about the Holocaust and other genocides is on display in the reception at the civic centre.
For further information on Holocaust Memorial Day visit merton.gov.uk/holocaustmemorialday