Chelmsford City Council supports the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration organised by the Chelmsford Jewish Community and would like to invite everyone to attend at 7pm on Monday 22 January 2018 in the Council Chamber at Chelmsford City Council, Civic Centre, Dukes Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE.
Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. It is marked each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This year the principal speaker will be Edgar Guest. Edgar was born in Hungary in 1930. Edgar’s story was one of hardship and discrimination due to his Jewish descent; where he was ignored and isolated at his school, evicted from his home to sleep 30 to a room in a ghetto where over 70,000 people were confined and at age 14 he was so desperate for extra food rations he volunteered to dispose of the dead for an extra mouthful of food.
Chairman of Chelmsford Jewish Community, Stanley Keller, said: “The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is ‘The Power of Words’. We will hear from Edgar Guest about his life in the ghetto, and hope that his personal testimony will reinforce the message that such atrocities should never be allowed to happen again and that all discrimination, whether by race, religion, colour or gender are finally eliminated.”
This year has seen the passing away of many more of the dwindling group of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust. We have an obligation to ensure that we keep alive the memory both of those who survived and of those who did not. This commemoration provides an opportunity to learn of and reflect on many memories and to hear the testimony of Edgar Guest, whose story gives an unusual perspective of what life was like in the ghetto and the fight for survival there.
It is important that young people learn what happened so the message can carry forward and we are pleased that our local schools will be represented on the night. In Chelmsford, additionally, Holocaust Memorial Day provides an annual opportunity to assess how far we have progressed towards inclusion and diversity in our society.
Admission to the commemoration is free but by prior reservation only. Places are limited so please book early by calling 01245 475444 or you can register for a ticket online. Light refreshments will be available from 7pm. There will be no admittance once the commemoration has started promptly at 7.30pm.
Monday 4 December 2017