Events and services for Holocaust Memorial Day across Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Croydon

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin. Pic: Ana Luiza Oliveira

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin. Pic: Ana Luiza Oliveira

Next Monday, January 27, people across Britain will gather to reflect and remember genocide around the world for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.

An official Holocaust Memorial Day statement said: “On Holocaust Memorial Day we challenge hatred and persecution in the UK by sharing the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.”

East London Lines brings you a list of the commemoration events that will be held across our boroughs in the coming week.

Inter-faith community service

On Sunday January 26 at 12.45pm Lewisham will be hosting its annual inter-faith service at the Catford and Bromley Synagogue. The free event aims to educate the community on world atrocities and will include readings from Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, and Emmanuel Olaniyan, Young Mayor of Lewisham.

Student drama production

A theatrical music and dance piece by students across the borough is being performed at 3.15pm on Sunday January 26 at the Broadway Theatre, Catford.  All proceeds going to the Aegis Trust, an international organisation working to prevent crimes against humanity.

Inter-faith community service

On Sunday 26 January from 3-4:30pm join a gathering at the East London Central Synagogue for an inter-faith commemoration with readings, candle lighting, music and refreshments.

Jewish East End walk

On Sunday January 26 from 10.30 until 1pm, there will be a guided walk through the East End, starting from Liverpool street at the Kindertransport statues and finishing at the Hughes Mansions buildings.

Journeys From Europe to Africa

Rainbow Hamlets, an LGBT forum for the Tower Hamlets community, has commissioned a historical and cultural programme for Holocaust Memorial Day at the John Scurr Centre.

Expect personal testimonies and a special ceremony highlighting the journeys of the prosecuted from pre-war Berlin, to 1990s Bosnia, to modern day Uganda.

It will be held on Wednesday January 29 from 6.30pm.

Candle lighting ceremony and civic commemoration

On Monday January 27, a candle lighting ceremony will be held at the Croydon Town Hall at 12 noon. Following the ceremony there will be a civic commemoration from 12.30pm in the council chamber. The presentation will include a talk from Bryan Huberman about his father’s journey of survival, and readings and performances from local school students.

In addition, the Croydon library will be hosting a Holocaust Memorial Day exhibition.

A-Side B-Side exhibition

A-Side B-Side Gallery in Hackney will be holding an art exhibition on Monday January 27, in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day.

It will feature artwork from the winners of public art competition Drawing Inspiration, which called for entries in response to stories of genocide, and pieces by young illustrator Gideon Summerfield from his series From Generation to Generation.

Gideon said: “It has been an extraordinary privilege to learn from people now in their 80s and 90s about their experiences as children and teenagers, how they survived the death camps and the Holocaust.  For me as an 18 year old, it has been a formative, and at times traumatic, learning experience.”

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