Friday, 22 January 2010

Lambeth marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the holocaust and of genocide around the world, will take place on Sunday 24 January. Lambeth Town Hall will host the borough's commemoration of this international milestone.

The event begins at 3.00pm with a welcome from the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Christopher Wellbelove and will include the powerful words of a Holocaust survivor.

Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich will tell her story after readings by young people from the South London Liberal Synagogue. The keynote address will be given by Ela Piotrowska, principle of Morley College and Clive Lawton, co-founder of Limmud, the Jewish adult education movement.

Following a musical interlude from the Corpus Christi school choir there will be opportunity for the audience to ask questions about the holocaust.

Pupils from Dunraven School will give a poetry reading, followed by Lambeth Council Chief Executive Derrick Anderson. He will speak of a Time of Reflection.

The afternoon will finish around 4.45 pm with closing words from Leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Steve Reed.

All who wish to take part are welcome.

Councillor Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council cabinet member for culture and communities said: "Holocaust Memorial Day helps to ensure that these terrible crimes are never forgotten. It gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves that we must do all in our power to help build a world in which such things never happen again."

(from Lambeth Council)