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East London council commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

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Barking and Dagenham Council will be holding a commemorative event for Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 27 January. The event will bring together the civic, faith and political leadership of the borough, alongside pupils and students from local schools and the charity, Learning from the Righteous.

The theme of this year’s Day is ‘Stand Together’¬. Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, with events taking place across the country throughout January. Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 will also include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia. People from across the UK are being urged to ‘Stand Together’ at a time when communities in the UK and across the world seem increasingly divided.

Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated on 27 January – a date that marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest concentration camp in occupied Poland. It is a 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 genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 

As a borough, it is so important that we remember the six million Jews who were murdered under Nazi persecution, and in genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

“We must reflect on these and many lives that were lost, whilst also challenging prejudice, discrimination and hatred that continues in our society today. There is no place for hate and division in Barking and Dagenham and today is an opportunity for us all to come together as one borough and one community.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for people in the local community to reflect on those lives that 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 public commemoration on the day will start at 11.30am in the Town Hall Square in Barking, 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.

Alongside this, an exhibition entitled ‘Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp’, curated by The Weiner Holocaust Library, will be on display at the Town Hall from Monday 27 to Friday 31 January.

Cllr Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement said: “As a borough, it is so important that we remember the six million Jews who were murdered under Nazi persecution, and in genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

“We must reflect on these and many lives that were lost, whilst also challenging prejudice, discrimination and hatred that continues in our society today. There is no place for hate and division in Barking and Dagenham and today is an opportunity for us all to come together as one borough and one community.”

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