London Mayor leads ceremony
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-01-20
Mayor Boris Johnson.
The Greater London Authority's annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony will take place in the Chamber at City Hall on January 21 from 12-12.45pm and will be broadcast live via a webcast.
This year's event which has the theme of Communities Together: Build A Bridge, will include a reading by London Mayor Boris Johnson and a talk from Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack, who was a prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and who lost over 50 members of her extended family in the Holocaust, will also share her story.
In addition, there will be participation from London students who have taken part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project.
Boris Johnson said of the event: “Our memorial ceremony highlights why we will never forget the millions who tragically lost their lives during the Holocaust. This horrific genocide and oppression must never be repeated. I do hope that as many people as possible will join us at this immensely important event.”
Chair of the London Assembly Jennette Arnold, who will open the event, added: “Our annual Holocaust Memorial ceremony at City Hall is filled with sadness for the millions who were murdered, horror at the bigotry and ignorance at the root of such inhumanity, and hope born of the inspirational courage and determination shown by the survivors who come to share their stories.
We owe it to them and the millions whose voices were silenced to commit ourselves to building bridges of tolerance, acceptance and understanding between all our communities.”
Entrance to the ceremony is by invitation only, although it can be seen on webcast at:
It comes ahead of the main Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, which will see a number of commemorative events taking place up and down the country.