Act of Remembrance – Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Published on 17th January 2019

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An Act of Remembrance for those who died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides will be held on Thursday 24 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 ‘Torn from Home’. Members of Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community and Cheltenham Borough Council have been working together to organise this act of remembrance. The evening will be led by Dame Janet Trotter and followed by an exhibition, organised by Dr Steven Blake. Tea, coffee and cake will also be served.

Cllr Flo Clucas cabinet member for healthy lifestyles said: “In this year, marking the 80th anniversary of the start of WW2, we come together to work together, learn more, empathise more and do more. This year’s theme will see us working 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. HMD is an opportunity to start the process of creating a safer future.”

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

Jennifer Silverston from the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation said: "May our act of remembrance bring us together, in mutual respect, to remember, reflect and learn.  May we always challenge and reject prejudice, hate and victimization.”

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 264297, email

For media enquiries contact: Jemima Lawson communications officer telephone 01242 264332 or email

Photo opportunity is available

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