Take part in Holocaust Memorial Day 2018
Residents are invited to remember those who suffered during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides around the world at a commemoration ceremony as part of International Holocaust Memorial Day.
Hosted by the Speaker of Hackney, Councillor Soraya Adejare, the service will take place on Monday 29 January in the Council Chamber, Hackney Town Hall at 10am and is expected to last about an hour.
This year’s memorial follows the theme ‘the power of words’ and will include songs, readings and candle lighting followed by the laying of a floral tribute at the Holocaust Memorial Tree in the Town Hall Square.
Holocaust Memorial Day is an important day of commemoration providing formal means for communities to honour those who were murdered and experienced unimaginable suffering as a result of Nazi persecution. It also allows us to recognise the atrocities suffered by others as a result of genocides which have occurred since the end of the Second World War. These were abhorrent acts which have universal resonance both demonstrating the evil which mankind can do but also the need for us all to ensure we work collectively to counter oppression wherever it arises.
This year the ceremony explores the power of words, how they can make a huge difference for both good and evil, and the importance of challenging words of discrimination, racism and hatred to prevent future atrocities.