Lambeth: Holocaust Memorial Day sends message of unity

24 January 2024

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Town Hall in Brixton on Sunday afternoon to share a message of unity and resolve in the face of all discrimination and hate.

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Lambeth: Holocaust Memorial Day sends message of unity

Organised by the Lambeth Community Holocaust Memorial Day planning group, more than 200 people attended the event where attendees learnt about the past, and came together in support of a safer future.

As well as remembering the six million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial Day marks genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, to learn from the past and try and ensure such terrible events never happen again.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda when the world stood by as Hutu extremists shattered the fragile freedom in Rwanda, following decades of tension and violence, culminating in the murder of over one million Tutsis in just one hundred days.

The speakers at the event included Holocaust survivor and educator Annick Lever and the Leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Claire Holland.

Cllr Holland said: “I was proud to join this important event that serves not only to highlight and remember the horrors inflicted in the past, but also to remind us of the importance of unity and forging community bonds to ensure we never again see groups in society isolated, dehumanised and persecuted.

“I want to thank Annick for sharing her incredibly poignant, sad and thought provoking story which brings to life what persecution looks and feels like, demonstrating to us how we must never follow the same path and preserve our unity and tolerance no matter what else is going on in the world.”