Communities encouraged to stand together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020


Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Residents of the borough are invited to ‘Stand Together’ on Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January, and remember the millions of people murdered under Nazi persecution and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.

The council is supporting a number of organisations who are working in partnership to deliver a programme of commemorative events and activities, including film screenings and an inter-faith memorial event at Sandys Row Synagogue in Spitalfields. Local community leaders from many backgrounds and faiths will be taking part, alongside members of their communities. All are welcome.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the lessons we must learn from history so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

“Tower Hamlets has always been a place of refuge and diversity. As we remember the millions who lost their lives during the Holocaust and other genocides, we must learn to celebrate our differences. Standing together as a community is our strength and long may it continue.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “These events are an important part of the national picture for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. There are thousands of events taking place for this significant occasion, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

“Today our world often feels fragile and vulnerable, with widespread prejudice and the language of hatred needs to be challenged in the UK. We need to stand together with others in our communities to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.”

Further information about all events including venues and timings are listed on the council’s website or at Holocaust Memorial Day

Tower Hamlets Council is supporting a number of organisations including Jewish Care, Jewish East End Celebration Society (JEECS), East London Central Synagogue, Sandys Row Synagogue, UK Jewish Film, St John on Bethnal Green and Rich Mix who are working in partnership to deliver a programme of events and activities.

Holocaust memorial events
Sunday 26 January
12 noon  – Walk:The Jewish East End - World War Two and the Holocaust

This walking tour will leave Aldgate tube station at midday and take in a number of historic Jewish locations before ending at Hughes Mansions at 2.30 pm. Those interested will be guided to the Sandys Row Synagogue for the interfaith memorial event which begins at 3.30pm.
Free but must be booked. Email

Sunday 26 January
3.30pm – Interfaith memorial event
Sandys Row Synagogue, 4a Sandys Row, Spitalfields, E1 7HW

Following the devastating recent ceiling collapse at the East London Central Synagogue, Sandys Row Synagogue have graciously offered their premises to host this multi-faith eventwith local community leaders from many backgrounds and faiths taking part, along with members of their communities. All are welcome to attend this inspirational sharing of solidarity and common values. 

Thursday 30 January
6.30-7.45pm – Holocaust, antisemitism and film
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ

Participatory workshop involving watching films clips and discussing representations of the Holocaust and Antisemitism in film.


Posted on Monday 20th January 2020