Marking Holocaust Memorial Day in Camden
The 27th January marks Holocaust Memorial Day, a day dedicated to remembering the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme is ‘Fragility of Freedom’, highlighting the importance of maintaining and protecting the freedoms for all. In genocides we know that the restriction and removal of freedoms of persecuted communities isn’t something that just happens in a short period of time but rather through a persistent erosion of rights overtime. This year’s theme serves as a reminder to us all about the importance of standing together in the face of justice to protect and strengthen freedoms for all.
This year the Council, in partnership with The Wiener Holocaust Library, JW3 and the London Jewish Museum, will be holding a special event with readings of eyewitness testimonies held in our archive by the Leader of the Council, the Mayor of Camden and Youth MPs. The testimonies explore the lives of Betty Lewin and her experience as a Jewish refugee in the Netherlands, Lutz Hammer and his experiences in Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz-Birkenau camps, and Hermione Horvath and her persecution as an Austrian Sinti woman. There will also be an exploration of the history of the Wiener Holocaust Library by Senior Curator Dr Barbara Warnock. Rabbi Eli Levin of South Hampstead Synagogue will also lead a prayer.
Camden has always been a place where we stand against injustice and recognised our diversity is our greatest strength. This Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and understanding whilst recognising the importance of continually working to maintain the rights and freedoms of us all.
I am proud that we stand together to say that Camden is no place for hate.
On 26 January, 2.15 to 3pm there will be a Public Candle Lighting for Holocaust Memorial Day. The Jewish Museum London is hosting a candle lighting to mark Holocaust Memorial Day for communities to come together and reflect. This candle lighting will be followed by a 45-minute tour on this topic. Find out more.
Camden is no place for hate - reporting a hate crime
We’re deeply concerned about the increase in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic hate crimes. Please know we’re here for you. There are different ways you can safely and confidentially report a hate crime through the Council, Police or an organisation that you feel safe speaking to:
- Community Security Trust protect Jewish people from anti-Semitism and discrimination. You can report to them at cst.org.uk/report-incident or call 0800 032 3263
- Tell MAMA is a support service that monitors and measures Islamophobia. You can report to them at tellmamauk.org or call 0800 456 1226
- To see other ways you can report a hate crime, the full list of partners we work with and available support, please visit camden.gov.uk/hate-crime