Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
Every year, Holocuast Memorial Day takes place on the 27th of January and comemorates those affected by genocide. The day is used to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.
From the Holocaust Memorial Day trust Website:
'The theme for HMD 2019: Torn from home encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. On HMD 2019 we will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.'
Holocaust Memorial Day was created on 27 January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research and all signed a declaration committing to preserve the memory of those who have been murdered in the Holocaust. This declaration became the statement of commitment which is still used as a basis for Holocaust Memorial Day activities today.
Each year Camden Council and organisations across the borough stage events to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day. These events allow us to reflect on and learn from the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.
This year, The Jewish Museum London will be hosting a Memorial Day event.
Jewish Museum London
Friday 25th of January, 6.30 - 8pm
Join them for their annual Holocaust Memorial Day event to remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust and killed under Nazi regime. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in which 70% of the Tutsi population and 30% of the Pygmy Batwa population was murdered in the span of 100 days.
Kindertransport survivors Ann and Bob Kirk and survivor of the Genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda Eric Murangwa will give their testimonies. There will then be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions.
Our event will conclude with the lighting of our yahrzeit (memorial) candle, led by the Mayor of Camden.
The event will be BSL interpreted by Peter Abraham. Please let us know if you have any additional access needs.
This is a free event and booking is essential. To book reserved tickets for BSL users please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click this link to read more.