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Holocaust Memorial Day

Haringey Working Group

Sculpture by Claudia Holder and Paul Margetts in the Holocaust Memorial Garden, Bruce Castle, Tottenham.

Haringey Council commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day by working with local councillors, Holocaust survivors, community religious representatives and council officers who form the Holocaust Memorial Day Working Group.

Since it was formed the Working Group has developed in partnership with Haringey Council a number of projects such as creating the Holocaust Memorial Garden of Remembrance, installing a sculpture for the garden and has brought the Anne Frank, Kindertransport and Janusz Korzak exhibitions to Haringey. In 2011 Bruce Castle Museum hosted an exhibition of portraits of local Holocaust survivors by the artist Pergosh.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is Stand Together. It explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression.

Multi-faith event

The annual, multi-faith event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Haringey will take place at the Civic Centre, Wood Green (N22 9SB) on Sunday 26 January at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

We held our annual commemoration ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 27 January 2019. This moving ceremony involved religious and civic leaders of Haringey and centred on the theme of 'Torn from Home'.

Those attending heard the testimony of a Holocaust survivor as well as survivors of the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

The theme for 2018 was the 'Power of Words'. Haringey came together to honour the millions of Jews and others murdered at the hands of the Nazis.

The multi-faith Holocaust Memorial Day event on Sunday 28 January 2018 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.

The full statement of commitment, affirmed by guests on the day:

  1. We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Haringey's Annual Multi-faith Commemoration 2017 took place on Sunday 29 January at Bruce Castle Museum. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 was ‘How Can Life Go On?’.

The commemorative event was led by the Mayor of Haringey, with contributions from Catherine West MP, Councillor Kober (Leader of Haringey Council), Councillor Gail Engert and Councillor Peacock. There was a speech by the Leader of the Alevi community in Haringey. The event was accompanied by music from Haringey Vox choir.

Prayers in the Memorial Garden were led by Fr Simon Clarke, Rabbi David Mason and Mr Alli.

Roman Halter by Matt Writtle

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity (external link) was on display in Bruce Castle Museum. The series of six photographic portraits by Matt Writtle showed Holocaust survivors who have lived in Haringey. The curators of this exhibition - Jan Marsh and Jacki Reason - have very kindly donated the photographic portraits to the permanent collections for Haringey at Bruce Castle Museum.

On 25 January, Bruce Castle Museum held an evening talk to share the poignant stories behind the faces in the exhibition Portraits for Posterity. Haringey resident John Hajdu (external link) also told  his own very moving story of his early life in Hungary during World War Two under the Nazi regime, and his subsequent experiences after the Holocaust as a refugee in post-WW2 Europe.

The Haringey Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) provided information and resources to support work in schools towards commemorating HMD 2017.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Theme: Don't Stand By

The annual commemoration event was held on Sunday 24 January, 2pm-4pm at Bruce Castle Museum.

On display were six photographic portraits of survivors who have lived in Haringey. These were from the Portraits for Posterity series by Matt Writtle.

Among the portraits were those of the late Roman and late Susie Halter; a new plaque was unveiled by members of their family in the Holocaust memorial garden.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Bulb planting

A class of Year 5 pupils from St Pauls and All Hallows School came to Bruce Castle Museum to meet Holocaust survivor Joan Salter and listen to her life story, before planting bulbs in the Holocaust Memorial Garden.

Joan Salter lit the commemorative candle at the close of the BBC2 Newsnight programme on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

Annual Multi-faith commemoration 2015

Theme: Keeping the Memory Alive

Contributors included Leader of Haringey Council Cllr Claire Kober and child survivor of the Holocaust Joan Salter.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day 2014: Theme - Journeys

'Journeys' was the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014. We focussed on the journeys of the persecuted. We also learned about the journeys that brought survivors to the UK and how, in many instances, journeys of return have been part of the experience of rebuilding.

"The Role of the Righteous Muslims"

An exhibition was held at libraries across Haringey. The exhibition ran for a fortnight at each library before moving onto the next library.

Etty: A one woman show

The show took place on Tuesday 4 February at Muswell Hill Library.

"On Tuesdays the train leaves. But no matter where you place me, I will always long for this desk"

So begins Susan Stein’s play about Etty Hillesum - before she is first deported to Westerbork and later Auschwitz.

Etty is an adaptation of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum and was performed by Susan Stein.

Multi faith commemorative gathering

More than 100 Haringey residents commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 with a public gathering at Bruce Castle on Sunday 26 January.

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21 January 2020

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