Merton Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Merton’s Holocaust Memorial Day event will be held on Tuesday 22 January in the Council Chamber from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Members of the public are invited to attend this free event.

Nationally, Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated on 27 January each year and marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

This year’s theme is ‘Torn from Home’ and urges us to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by those who have experienced persecution and genocide.

The evening’s programme includes a presentation from a Holocaust survivor and contributions from local politicians, community representatives, religious leaders and the Wimbledon Synagogue choir.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Mary Curtin 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 civic 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 displaying information on the Holocaust and other genocides.

For further information on Holocaust memorial events visit

www.merton.gov.uk/holocaustmemorialday

 

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