Merton to hold virtual Holocaust Memorial Day event

Merton’s annual event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will be held virtually this year, due to the pandemic. Residents and members of the public are invited to attend the event on Tuesday 2 February from 7pm to 9pm, via the online platform Zoom. This year’s theme ‘Be the light in the darkness encourages everyone to remember the victims and survivors of genocide, and take a stand against prejudice and hatred today. 

Merton’s civic event marks international Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January, which commemorates the 76h anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The annual day is to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution during the Second World War, and the more recent genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, and Rwanda. 

Merton’s Holocaust Memorial Day will feature contributions from representatives of the borough’s faith and belief forum, Wimbledon Synagogue, and political leaders. It will be attended by the Mayor of Merton, councillors and representatives from the Met Police and London Fire Brigade. 

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Sally Kenny, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance for us all to pause and remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and other genocides and honour the survivors. It is an important opportunity for everyone to reflect upon these terrible events and remember the horrors that prejudice, and hatred can lead to. Marking this day with a civic event is part of the council’s commitment to continue to work together with our communities to promote tolerance and unity.” 

Merton’s Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities, Councillor Marsie Skeete, said: “It is vital that we remember the suffering of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides, so we can learn from these atrocities and work to create a safer future for everyone. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day ‘Be the light in the darkness’encourages us all to take a stand against intolerance and hostility towards people based upon their identity. 

“In Merton we are proud to have a rich diverse community and Holocaust Memorial Day reaffirms our commitment to work continuously to eradicate hatred, prejudice, and discrimination in all its forms.” 

Residents and members of the public who would like to join the meeting will be required to email diversity@merton.gov.uk in advance, to obtain the access link for the event.

For further information visit: www.merton.gov.uk/holocaustmemorialday