Friday, 26 January, 2018

On Thursday 25 January 2018 survivors of the Holocaust and genocide were joined by guests, including faith, civic and political leaders, at the UK Commemorative Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.

The short highlights film below features some of the speeches, readings, musical performances and personal testimony shared at the Ceremony, as guests considered the theme: The power of words











The ceremony was introduced by Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.











Sameena Ali-Khan narrated the event.











Klezmer Klub performed Mit Farmakhte Oygn.











The letters of Vera Schaufeld, survivor of the Holocaust, were read by Charles Dance OBE, Sir Derek Jacobi CBE, and Maureen Lipman CBE.











Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.











Survivor of the Holocaust, Helen Aronson, shared her story.











Pearl Mackie read an extract from the memoirs of General Roméo Dallaire, the force commander of the UN mission to Rwanda.











Roma Bridging Sounds Orchestra performed Ederlezi and Nane Cocha. 











Jonathan Dimbleby spoke about his father Richard Dimbleby and his report from Bergen Belsen concentration camp in April 1945.











Celia Imrie read an extract from Tears of the Desert, written by Halima Bashir, a Sudanese doctor.











Coda, a choir from Sedgehill School, performed Peat Bog Soldiers.











Memorial candles were lit by: Helen Aronson, Tomas Grundza, Sokphal Din, Immaculee Hedden, Sabit Jakupović and Ismail Yagoub.












Rabbi Harry Jacobi introduced El Male Rachamim, the Jewish memorial prayer for the victims of the Holocaust. The prayer was recited by Cantor Jonny Turgel.










Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.











Words from Anne Frank were read by HMDT Youth Champion Alia Derriey.











Laura Marks OBE ended the ceremony with thanks to contributors, staff, trustees and guests.