Lambeth joins the ‘Stand together’ against genocide

7 January 2020

Written by: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

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Lambeth will mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 26 January. 27 January 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp.

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Lambeth joins the ‘Stand together’ against genocide

Lambeth’s Holocaust Memorial Day event will include a welcome by Cllr Ibrahim Dogus, Mayor of Lambeth, readings of words from a Belsen eyewitness and by a survivor of the Bosnian genocide, and music by local schools. The event is free and all are welcome.

‘Stand Together’

The ‘Stand Together’ message for HMD 2020 reflects words by Sir Nicholas Winton, the ‘British Schindler’ who saved 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia at the outset of WW2: “Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good”.

Why ‘stand together?’

Throughout history, Genocidal regimes have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, causing people to be treated as ‘the other’ – often because of race or faith. Propaganda using stereotypes and existing prejudices dehumanised these persecuted groups. Now, more than ever, we need to stand together in our communities to stop division and the spread of hatred in our society.

75 memorial flames

‘Stand Together’ has already inspired artists, schools, workplaces and communities to commemorate HMD and to share the lessons of the past towards creating a safer, better future. From art groups to faith groups and charities to schools, people of all kinds have come together to make their own Memorial Flames. Each one commemorates 75 years since the end of the Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews in Europe. 75 Memorial Flame artworks have been selected for a national exhibition that will be launched at the UK Commemorative Ceremony for HMD 2020.

Multi-faith prayer

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Senior Imam Qari Asim have united to write a new prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020.

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