Holocaust Memorial Day events in January 2019

  • Communities encouraged to remember millions who have lost their lives due to persecution and genocide

  • Special commemorative events planned  for January 24 and 27

Three major cultural and faith events will take place to honour the memory of those who lost their lives during the Holocaust in World War Two and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The theme for 2019 is Torn from Home, and a programme of events will be delivered in partnership with Jewish Care, Jewish East End Celebration Society (JEECS), East London Central Synagogue, UK Jewish Film, Rich Mix and the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive, with support from the council. 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “It is important for us to come together to remember the millions who lost their lives during the Holocaust and other genocides. Our annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration events hosted with faith and community organisations, reminds us how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that all our communities work together to create a safer, better future.”

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit said: “Although we have a proud tradition of being a welcoming borough, tragically, we live in a world where people are persecuted and driven out of their homes and countries. Holocaust Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to come together to remember the victims of atrocities and take action to make sure history is not allowed to repeat itself.”

Holocaust Memorial Day events

Thursday 24 January: Representing the Holocaust on Screen 
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives 
277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ 

6.30-7.45pm: Join us this Holocaust Memorial Day for this participatory film archive workshop exploring the purpose, significance and representation of Holocaust narratives based on a selection of clips from Holocaust themed films, including archival footage. There will be viewing of clips, discussion and exchange. There will also be a display of historical imagery of anti-fascism resistance in the East End from the Tower Hamlets Local History Library collections. 
Doors open 6pm. All are welcome but spaces are limited. To reserve your space please email: localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Sunday 27 January: Jewish Heritage Walk 12pm
Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Shadwell 

Starting at midday from Aldgate tube, a walking tour visiting historic Jewish locations in the East End with Clive Bettington from the Jewish East End Celebration Society. The walk will culminate at the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street in time for the Interfaith Memorial Day Event. 

Sunday 27 January: Interfaith memorial event. 3-5pm.
East London Central Synagogue, Nelson Street, E1 2DS 

Invited speakers will give their response to the theme Torn from Home, considering what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of and wrenched from their homes because of persecution or the threat of genocide.  

Posted on Thursday 17th January 2019