Chelmsford City Council

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2020

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The annual Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration is organised by the Chelmsford Jewish Community and supported by Chelmsford City Council. It remembers the victims of the Holocaust during World War Two and other genocides. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the event on Thursday 30 January 2020 at 7pm. It is taking place in the Council Chamber in our Civic Centre offices.  

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the millions of victims killed in the Holocaust and other genocides. It is marked each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary, and this is a significant milestone made particularly poignant by the dwindling numbers of survivors who can share their anniversary. 

The theme for HMD 2020 is Stand Together. It explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups. It also looks at how individuals can challenge these tactics by standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression. 

This year’s principal speaker will be Henri Obstfeld BEM. He is a holocaust survivor who reveals the day-to-day fear and horror experienced by those evading capture and persecution in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second World War. 

Admission to the commemoration is free but you must book tickets in advance, either online or by calling 01245 606987.

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