Holocaust survivor to speak at Merton commemoration

Residents and members of the public are invited to attend Merton’s annual Holocaust Memorial event on Tuesday 21 January from 7pm to 9pm. This year’s theme is ‘Stand Together’

The event to be held in the Council Chamber marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Aushwitz-Birkenau and the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.

The evening’s programme includes contributions from a holocaust survivor, local politicians, community representatives, faith and belief leaders and the Wimbledon Synagogue choir.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Janice Howard, who will be attending the event said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those who were victims of terrible genocides in the Second World War and in more recent times. The civic event shows our commitment to continuously working to erase hatred, prejudice and discrimination in the borough.”

Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities, Councillor Laxmi Attawar said: “We must never forget those who suffered during the holocaust and other genocides. In Merton we are lucky to live in a borough rich in diversity, and this event will see all residents unite.”

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