Residents in Havering are invited to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at a special service in Romford on Sunday 27 January 2019.
The service will be held at the Holocaust War Memorial in Coronation Gardens, Main Road, from 3pm to 4pm.
The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Torn from Home’. Reflection will focus on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of their homes because of persecution and the threat of genocide.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is especially poignant as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia.
Councillor Dilip Patel, Mayor of Havering, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to pause and remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
“This incredibly important and emotional event reminds us that we should be building bridges with people of all faiths and backgrounds.
“With fewer survivors each year, it is vital that the next generation must preserve and share the memory of the Holocaust and other genocides more widely than ever before. I encourage all residents to come along and show their respects.”
On Wednesday 30 January at 7pm, Susie Barnett will be talking at Romford Library for Holocaust Memorial Day. Born in Nazi Germany, she tells the story of her family’s escape and the long term impact of the holocaust. Advance booking is essential: 01708 432389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day visit hmd.org.uk.