Camden marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

Camden is reiterating that the borough is ‘no place for hate’ ahead of marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Thursday 27 January 2022. 

The Council is lighting up its 5 Pancras Square offices in purple as part of a light up across the country organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Sabrina Francis, is attending three events held across the borough to mark the day. 

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day this year is ‘One Day’. This encourages people to reflect on and learn about ‘One Day’ in the past where people’s lives changed due to holocaust, to look to the future to the ‘One Day’ where persecution and mass killing ends and in the present, to come together on this ‘One Day’ to remember, learn and take action. 

Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Young People, Equalities and Cohesion

The terrible holocausts and genocides that have taken place round the world are borne out of hate, prejudice and the desire to create fear and to exert control over minority groups. 

“In Camden we are clear that the borough is no place for hate and no-one should be left behind. We always seek to call out any discriminatory, prejudicial or hateful behaviour or actions directed to our residents. Sadly, towards the end of last year, we saw anti-Semitism rear its ugly head through vandalism and assault in our borough. When such incidents occur, we will not hesitate to work with the police to seek to bring the preparator to justice and we rally round as a community to stand with the victims.

Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Young People, Equalities and Cohesion

The Mayor of Camden is attending the following events: 

Tuesday 25 January 2022, 7.30-9pm: Jewish Museum London’s Annual Holocaust Memorial Day event 
In a partnership event with Camden Council, the Jewish Museum London welcome Kindertransport refugees Ann and Bob Kirk BEM and survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE. Speakers will share how their lives were impacted by the ‘One Day’ when everything changed. This will be followed by a Q&A and the event will conclude with a candle lighting led by the Mayor of Camden. This free but ticketed event will be virtual on Zoom Webinar and BSL interpreted by Peter Abraham. Sign up for a free ticket. 

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 6.30-7.30pm: The Wiener Holocaust Library – The Day of Deportation 
This event will focus on the experiences of victims of Nazi genocide on the day that they were deported to ghettos and camps and will include readings from the Library’s collection of eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust on this theme. The event will also feature a talk by Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller exploring the significance of the contemporary photographs taken of deportations of Jews during the Holocaust. The Mayor of Camden and Dr Toby Simpson, Director of The Wiener Holocaust Library, will speak and there will be readings by a Camden Youth MP. Register for the event to watch the live stream or apply for one of a small number of in-person tickets – event information. 

Friday, 28 January 2022: Holocaust Memorial Day at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road London NW3 6ET 
JW3 provides a commemoration that as always gives focus and emphasis to the survivors. The Mayor of Camden will speak. Details for attending in person or watching online.

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Mayor of Camden

Holocaust Memorial Day is a day that we take very seriously in Camden. I am looking forward to attending these events and remembering, learning and making the commitment for a better future, side by side with our communities.”

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Mayor of Camden