Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
‘Torn from Home’
Monday 28 January 2019
1.30pm to 1.45pm Barking Town Hall Square
2pm to 3.30pm Barking Town Hall, Council Chamber
Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated on 27 January each year. The 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp in occupied Poland. It is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides which followed, in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations are an opportunity for people in our local community to reflect on those whose lives were changed beyond recognition, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and hatred in our own society today. Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us that we all have a role to play to ensure that we learn the lessons of the past, to create a safer, better future.
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Torn from Home’ and encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. On Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 we will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 will include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994 and this year will reflect on how this theme impacts on members of the Rwandan community. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s commemorative event will bring together the civic, faith and political leadership of the borough, alongside survivors of the Holocaust and more recent genocides.
The commemoration will start at 1.30pm in the Town Hall Square where six candles will be lit in remembrance of the six million Jewish people murdered by the Nazis, followed by a minute’s silence and prayer by Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE. The commemoration will be followed by presentations, readings and speeches in the Council Chamber from 2pm to 3.30pm.
This event is free and open to all Barking and Dagenham residents. If you would like to attend the commemoration in the Council Chamber, please contact Julie.Wilkes@lbbd.gov.uk by Thursday 24 January to book a place. Please note that filming and photography will be taking place at the event. Please notify us if you do not wish to be filmed.
BESA: A Code of Honour curated by Yad Vashem UK Foundation
Monday 21 January to Friday 1 February
The exhibition features photographs taken by the American photographer Norman Gershman. It tells personal rescue stories of Albanian Muslims who following the German occupation in 1943, in an extraordinary act, protected their Jewish citizens and gave sanctuary to newly arrived Jewish refugees in Albania who found themselves faced with the danger of deportation. The remarkable assistance afforded to the Jewish people was grounded in Besa, a code of honour, which still today serves as the highest ethical code in the country. Besa, means literally “to keep the promise.” One who acts according to Besa is someone who keeps his word, someone to whom one can trust one’s life and the lives of one’s family.
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Barking and Dagenham Council
Barking Town Hall
Town Hall Square
Barking IG11 7LU