The Power of Words: Holocaust Memorial Day 2018
Haringey came together at the weekend to honour the millions of Jews and others murdered at the hands of the Nazis.
The multi-faith Holocaust Memorial Day event saw residents, Councillors faith leaders, schoolchildren and community groups gather at Haringey Civic Centre to remember victims of the Holocaust and those who have died in other genocides across the world.
The ‘Power of Words’ theme saw a performance by Haringey Vox choir and a poignant speech by Holocaust survivor Mr Kraus, as well as a cello performance of the ‘Schindler’s List’ theme, a procession of memorial candles and a flag raising ceremony.
The Rev Bob Allaway, Rabbi David Mason and Wightman Road Mosque trustee Bibi Khan led prayers before the gathering affirmed a statement of commitment read out by Cllr Sheila Peacock, who organised the event.
Cllr Eugene Ayisi, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“We’ve said many times how proud we are of Haringey’s multi-culturalism and the way that our communities live peacefully side-by-side – and Sunday’s ceremony was a tremendous example of that.
“It was tremendous to see different faith leaders and members of the community come together to remember those killed in the Holocaust and other atrocities, and to stand united in the statement of commitment.
“Thanks to everyone who joined us today, and to Cllr Peacock and the Holocaust Memorial Day organising committee, who voluntarily gave so much of their time to ensure that the event was a success.”
The full statement of commitment, affirmed by guests on the day:
- We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning.
- We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice.
- We must make sure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences. We vow to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and all genocide.
- We value the sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil.
- We recognise that humanity is still scarred by the belief that race, religion, disability or sexuality makes some people’s lives worth less than others’. Genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue. We have a shared responsibility to fight these evils.
- We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocide. We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt.
- We will continue to encourage Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day. We condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free, tolerant and democratic society.
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