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Published: Tuesday, 11th January 2022

The Royal Borough of Greenwich will be returning its in person Holocaust Memorial Day event which was held virtually last year due to COVID-19.

The event is open to all residents and will be hosted in Woolwich Town Hall on Thursday 27 January at 11am. To help manage numbers, if you would like to attend the event, email the Mayor’s office at mayor@royalgreenwich.gov.uk to RSVP.  

Similar to previous years, there will be speeches, performances and a memorial prayer to commemorate the day. 

Cllr Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Equalities said: “This year's theme is One Day, this can be interpreted in many ways, but I’m asking you to take this one day of commemoration to learn about the genocides of the past, empathise with those who have suffered and apply those lessons learned to today's world. It’s important to reflect on the past so we can teach our future generations and ensure events like this don’t happen again.  ” 

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In addition to remembering the millions of victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution, Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity to remember the victims of the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. 

Along with its own local event in the Town Hall, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is also encouraging residents to take part in the national initiative to shine a light in their window on Holocaust Memorial Day at 8pm.  

Find out more about the day