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Council supports Holocaust Memorial Day with online events

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Holocaust Memorial Day - Be the light in the darkness

The council is supporting a programme of virtual commemorative activities, including film screenings and an inter-faith memorial event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January.

Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people murdered under Nazi persecution and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

This year’s theme is ‘Be the light in the darkness’ and people in Tower Hamlets are being asked to reflect on the depth humanity can sink to, and act as ‘light in the darkness’ through acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:“As we remember the millions who lost their lives during the Holocaust and other genocides, we must also reflect on how communities in Tower Hamlets have stood together in the past to resist acts of prejudice and fascism.

“This year’s theme is especially pertinent during this challenging time of uncertainty. As we deal with the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen individuals, community and faith groups, charities, and neighbourhoods join together to help their neighbours and communities, offering a beacon of hope in dark times.

“This generosity of heart demonstrates that we can choose to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways and places – at home, in public and even online.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “Even though Holocaust Memorial Day events are taking place virtually this year, Tower Hamlets Council is ensuring that people from across the borough can come together to learn from genocide for a better future. Such events are an important reminder to us all of the fragility of civilisation. This year’s theme, Be the light in the darkness, encourages everyone to remember all those who protected or saved others from persecution and death, often at great personal risk.”

Virtual Holocaust Memorial events

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, there will be

  • A film programme for schools - The Windermere Children, directed by Michael Samuels, will be available to watch on Wednesday 27 January, via a password protected link for participating schools.  Links will also be available to a Q&A with Holocaust educator Mike Levy and the film’s director Michael Samuels and producer Nancy Bornat. There will be opportunities for students to put questions to Michael and Nancy after viewing. To receive links for your school that can be shared with students for remote learning, please contact UK Jewish Film’s Education Manager, Rachel Burns at rachel.burns@ukjewishfilm.org This free event is aimed at year 9 students and above.
  • The UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 ceremony will be streamed online at 7- 8pm pm on 27 January. You can register to receive a link to the ceremony.
  • Self-guided walks taking in historic locations in Tower Hamlets linked to the Jewish community
  • A presentation by UK Jewish Film’s education manager, Rachel Burns, who will explore the significance and varied representations of Holocaust narratives in a selection of clips from feature films to original archival footage. Available to watch via a password protected link on Thursday January 28 2021 from 6pm. Email rachel.burns@ukjewishfilm.org  to receive the link.
  • An interfaith commemoration organised in partnership with UK Jewish Film; East London Central Synagogue; Jewish Care and Jewish East End Celebration Society. With contributions from Mayor John Biggs and members of the local community, the film is an opportunity for personal reflection. It will be screened on the council’s  YouTube channel, available to view from 3pm on Sunday 31 January.

All events will be virtual.

Posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021