Wandsworth marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published: Friday, January 25, 2019

Wandsworth is marking this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of exhibitions in the borough’s libraries.

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Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place every year on January 27 to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of others killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

This date in January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the many Nazi death camps.

Exhibitions are being staged in all 11 of the borough’s libraries including the dedicated children’s sections at Balham, Earlsfield, Northcote, Roehampton and Tooting libraries.

On Sunday the Union Flag that flies every day above Wandsworth Town will be lowered to half-mast to mark this year’s commemorations.

Wandsworth Council has formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism as part of its efforts to tackle racism and discrimination. 

The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Piers McCausland said: “I would urge residents to visit their local library to find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day and gain a better understanding of what lies behind it.

“It is by learning the lessons of the past and by confronting and challenging the evidence of human weakness and cruelty that humanity can avoid a repeat of these terrible events.”

The Wandsworth libraries staging exhibitions are:

• Balham – in adult library and children’s library
• Battersea – a heritage display in the adult library
• Battersea Park – display in adult library
• Earlsfield – one in adult and one in children’s library
• Northcote – children’s library and adult library
• Putney – in the front of the library
• Roehampton – adult and children’s libraries
• Southfields – in foyer
• Tooting – in both adult and children’s areas
• Wandsworth Town – adult library
• York Gardens – in foyer

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is the charity established and funded by the UK Government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in the UK.

HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK Commemorative Ceremony and more than 11,000 local activities taking place all across the UK on or around 27 January each year.

The UK played a leading role in establishing HMD as an international day of commemoration in 2000, when 46 governments signed the Stockholm Declaration.