Lambeth has held a Holocaust Memorial Day each year since 2001 to remember 6 million Jews murdered in concentration camps in WW2 and subsequent genocides worldwide like Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
This year’s event is:
Sunday, 21 January 2018, 3pm to 4:30pm (doors open 2:30pm
The Ashes Suite, The Kia Oval, Kennington
LONDON SE11 5SS
(entrance via Alec Stewart Gate)
27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
The Power of Words is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. The words that individuals, corporations, community organisations, or the state speak or write can have a huge impact for good or bad.
The ‘Power of Words’ theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 explores how language has been used, and how it is used in the present day. Holocaust Memorial Day focuses on the impact words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides – through propaganda used to incite hatred, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.
Holocaust Memorial Day also brings people together to remember lessons from history. And today, bombarded with information and relentless media, we may find ourselves filtering words out and hearing only words which reinforce our prejudices. Are we equipped to recognise propaganda and respond? We cannot be complacent. We see headlines, we listen to politicians and have a responsibility to read and listen critically. Words travel faster and further than ever; they can unite people to achieve positive goals but can also be used to whip up prejudice and to intimidate people.
For more information
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) charity promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). See more about their work via the HMD contact page.