Watch Hackney commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

Watch Hackney pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides around the world in a video for this year’s International Holocaust Memorial Day. The short video to commemorate the day features community leaders reading the Statement of Commitment and music by the East London School of Music.

International Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 - Statement of Commitment from Hackney Council

In a small additional service, the Speaker of Hackney, Councillor Michael Desmond, will be joined by the Mayor to lay a floral tribute at the Holocaust Memorial Tree in the Town Hall square.

Cllr Michael Desmond, Speaker of Hackney

On Holocaust Memorial Day we have the opportunity to both commemorate the survivors and honour those who were murdered and experienced unimaginable suffering as a result of Nazi persecution, and other attrocities. 

It is a moment to learn and reflect on the past, so that we can better empathise with others today, and be inspired to take action to create a future free from suffering, hate and tyranny.

Cllr Michael Desmond, Speaker of Hackney
Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville

The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation. It showed how fragile and vulnerable the world we live in is. Although we aren’t able to gather in person this year, Holocaust Memorial Day is still an important day as it reminds us that prejudice and hate still exists in our society and must continue to be challenged by us all.

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on 27 January marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It remembers the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

This year’s memorial follows the theme “One Day”, which holds several interpretations. It is One Day put aside to come together and remember victims of the Holocaust and other genocides, in the hope that One Day in the future there will be no such injustices, prejudices or violence.

Notes to editors

Due to Covid-19, the decision was taken by the Mayor and Speaker to cancel the planned Assembly in the Council Chamber, marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 on 27 January. 

Instead, the Council has released a short video to commemorate the occasion, featuring community leaders reading the Statement of Commitment, with music supplied by the East London School of Music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMvlMTS9QTY

The audio and video recording of Schindler’s List by John Williams is performed by Kieron Daniel (violin) and Jakob Rothoff (piano), and videographed by Bryan Quarrie (BQ Counterpoint Films), courtesy of the East London School of Music.

British Sign Language translator - Marcel Hirshman.

Images courtesy of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Further information is available at:

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust www.hmd.org.uk

Holocaust Educational Trust http://www.het.org.uk

The Weiner Library https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk 

The Council is planning a form of consultation about future Holocaust Memorial Day events marking the day and anticipate preparations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 starting at the end of the summer 2022. 

Any questions should be directed to the Speaker’s office via e-mail at: speaker@hackney.gov.uk