Haringey marks Holocaust Memorial Day
More than 100 Haringey residents commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 with a public gathering at Bruce Castle on Sunday 26 January.
Led by Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Sheila Peacock, the theme for this year’s remembrance was ‘Journeys’ and saw residents come together to reflect on the experience of the survivors and millions of people who lost their lives during the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides.
Cllr Sheila Peacock said:
“I hope everyone who attended our remembrance ceremony was able to make a small journey towards understanding more about the experience of those affected by forced journeys of the past that uprooted individuals and families.
“Real journeys are about choice and freedom, and I’m proud that in Haringey we are able to live, work and be part of a borough that is home to so many different faiths, backgrounds and strong communities.
“To all of our guest speakers and large, receptive audience, I would like to thank everyone who supported our event and made it such a special and memorable day.”
Holocaust survivor, Joan Salter, read an excerpt from ‘Journeys’ at the ceremony. She said:
“I was very moved by the whole event on Sunday. It was wonderful to see so many people from the local community attend. The programme was very well balanced with so many relevant readings and it was special to see so many local politicians united in their remembrance of the Holocaust. The religious leaders from the different Abrahamic religions coming together for this event was a great example of how we can all work together.”
“To hear the young people of Haringey join together in a choir and to sing with such beauty gave me much hope for the future.”
Other guest speakers at the event included the recently crowned Tottenham Young Poet Laureate, 16-year-old Janache John-Baptiste, who performed his own poem, The Journey.
Full details of further Holocaust Memorial events happening in Haringey, including an exhibition that is touring the borough’s libraries, can be found on the Holocaust Memorial page.