Holocaust Memorial Day events in Camden

Talks, exhibitions and ceremonies to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) are taking place all of this week.

This theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Torn from home’. The events programme commemorates 74 ­­years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as well as the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994, and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia in 1979.

The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells, said: “Across Camden we will be remembering all those who have been affected by the Holocaust, and genocides around the world. Holocaust Memorial Day gives us the chance to reflect on the past and come together to think about what we can learn to help us confront discrimination and celebrate our diversity as a borough today." 

Jewish Museum, Thursday 24 January, 6.30 to 8pm (sold out)

We have partnered again with the Jewish Museum for their Holocaust Memorial Day event. This year Ann and Bob Kirk, survivors of Kindertransport, will speak about their experiences and Eric Murangwa, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, will give his testimony. The Mayor of Camden will lead a candle-lighting ceremony. Sold out for general release, tickets remaining for BSL users.

The Wiener Library, Thursday 24 January, 6.30 to 8pm (sold out)

Dr Boaz Cohen will discuss testimonies from child survivors of the Holocaust at this Holocaust Memorial Day Talk at The Wiener Library. Rabbi Aaron Goldstein will reflect on this year’s theme, ‘Torn from home’, one of our Youth Council members will be giving a reading. The Deputy Mayor of Camden, Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust, will be in attendance. The travelling exhibition, ‘A Thousand Kisses: Stories of the Kindertransport’, will also be on display at the Library from 10am to 5pm.

JW3, Friday 25 January, 10.30am (sold out)

This ceremony at JW3, London’s Jewish Community Centre, will include keynote speeches, readings and musical interludes from Gemma Rosenfeld. It will be attended by ambassadors, MPs, Holocaust Survivors and individuals from the local community, as well as the Mayor of Camden.

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Friday 25 January, 7pm

Mary Fulbrook will be giving a Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. She will speak about her book, ‘Reckonings’, in which she explores the lasting impact of the Holocaust across generations and continents.

Belsize Square Hall, Sunday 27 January, 6.45pm

At this local community event South Hampstead Synagogue are coming together with neighbours for a ceremony of commemoration and a discussion between Holocaust survivor, Manfred Goldberg, and a survivor of the Rwanda Genocide, Jean Paul Samputu. The Mayor of Camden will be in attendance. Find out more and reserve a seat.

Swiss Cottage Library, 25 April to 22 May

Later in the year Swiss Cottage Library will be hosting an exhibition about the life and times of Anne Frank, which will include a replica of her room in the Secret Annexe, and will look at her life and diary in parallel with the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust. The exhibition will also examine themes of racism, conflict, identity and resistance alongside contemporary issues in Britain. Workshops will be available for local schools and the community.

Find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day.