Time to remember on Holocaust Memorial Day 22.1.10
A special event at the Europa Gallery in Sutton Library will mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2010 and the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Sunday 24 January.
The theme of this year's event, organised by Sutton Council, is 'The Legacy of Hope', with organised activities to remember the lessons of the past and get young people thinking about how we can create a safer and better future.
The event will include dramatic performances by pupils from All Saints Primary School and Overton Grange Secondary School. These schools were their respective winners in a competition to give the best dramatic interpretation of testimonies from Holocaust survivor Helen Goldman and survivor of the Kosovoan genocide, Lulijeta Muka. The performances will be supported by readings from local people representing groups who suffered in the Holocaust.
The event will be held between 10:30-12:00pm and will also include a presentation of achievement awards by the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Margaret Court, to local children for their special contribution to their school or local community. Closing remarks will be given by Lal Hussain MBE, Secretary, Muslim Cultural and Welfare Association.
The service is being supported by a Holocaust exhibition at the Europa Gallery, Sutton Library between 19 and 24 January 2010, and subsequently at other libraries and venues around the Borough.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Executive Member for Community Engagement, said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is an important time to reflect and learn the lessons from the past.
"This year's event and preceding work in schools is Sutton's way of remembering the horrors of the Holocaust and other terrible genocides, encouraging our younger residents to think about how they can ensure a better future."