Friday, 27 January, 2017

On Thursday 26 January 2017 more than 200 Holocaust and genocide survivors were joined by around 1,000 guests, including faith, civic and political leaders, at the UK Commemorative Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. 

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: How can life go on?











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











      Mishal Husain narrated the event.











Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.











        Survivor of the Holocaust Hannah Lewis spoke about her experience. 











       Valdemar Kalinin read one of his poems It's going to rain.











        The Clothworkers Consort of Leeds sang Mogen Owos.











       Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.











       Singer Olivier Nzaramba, dancer Lydia Uwineza and guitarist Andrew Smith performed Inanga











        Jim Broadbent read an extract from Deborah Lipstadt's Denying the Holocaust. 











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











Memorial candles were lit by: Amouna Abdelbarl Eisa Adam, Safet Vukalić, Eric Eugene Murangwa, Sophari Ashley, Ladislav Balaz and Lily Ebert.











      Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence recited El Male Rachamim, the Jewish memorial prayer for the victims of the Holocaust.











Words from Elie Wiesel were read by HMDT Youth Champions Madeleine Wright, Barnabas Balint, Anna Cardy, Niamh Hanrahan, and Lucas Pringle. 











Steve Wickham and his band performed The Special Places in Our Lives. Artwork was produced for Holocaust Memorial Day by students who had been excluded from mainstream schools. They were led by Holocaust educator Tony Coles and his colleagues. 











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