Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 - remembering lives lost

Published on 17th January 2018

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​​​​​​​An Act of Remembrance for those who died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides will be held on Thursday 25 January at 6.30pm, at the Municipal Offices.

The event – to take place in the council chamber – will mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD); the national theme this year is ‘The Power of Words’. Members of Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community and Cheltenham Borough Council have been working together to organise this act of remembrance which will be followed by an exhibition, organised by Dr Steven Blake. Tea, coffee and cake (kindly donated by Boston Tea Party) will also be served.

Cllr Flo Clucas cabinet member for healthy lifestyles said: “At a time when the world is facing great uncertainty and instability HMD is an opportunity to start the process of creating a safer future.

“We are pleased to continue working together with the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation and Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Cheltenham and to remember all of the genocides that have impacted on our communities.”

There will be lighting candles for peace, prayers and readings in both English and Hebrew.

Jennifer Silverston from the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation said: "Let the power of words bring us together and not divide us. Let them convey respect and tolerance to those of other faiths or those who are different from us. May the power of our words challenge and reject hate and victimization."

Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire who will lead the act of remembrance said: "The holocaust is an iconic event in the history of the last century but there are also many conflicts in our time which lead to genocide. In our Act of Remembrance, which all are welcome to share, we will be recalling all of those who have died as a result of genocide. We will also be praying for peace in our time so that all people can flourish, whatever their race, colour, religion or gender."

Natalie Towle, Chair of Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community added: “This is an important event which reminds people of how these terrible crimes came about. We need to be vigilant and intolerant of discrimination, stereotyping and victimisation.”

Everyone is welcome to attend; there is no need to book spaces, unless there is a special requirement for a seat to be reserved. Please contact Louise Forey, Cheltenham Borough Council, 01242 774960, email Louise.forey@cheltenham.gov.uk

For media enquiries, contact: Jemima Lawson communications officer 01242 775 050 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

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