Ealing’s mayor, Councillor Tej Ram Bagha, will be joined by the leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, and Rabbi Janet Burden, Ealing Synagogue, who will both give short speeches, to plant a memorial tree outside the council’s Perceval House offices in Uxbridge Road at 11am, followed by a minute’s silence.
The ceremony is open to all members of the public, and pupils from local primary schools along with guests and dignitaries from across the borough will also attend.
The tree will be planted in remembrance of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust as well as all the other victims of persecution, genocide and torture around the world, including those in Armenia, Assyria, Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Darfur.
This year’s theme of keeping the memory alive is particularly poignant because 2015 also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in south-west Poland and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.
Councillor Bell said: “Ealing is a vibrant and diverse borough with strong community cohesion and we will not tolerate persecution.
“Marking Holocaust Memorial Day helps us ensure that the terrible atrocities of the past are never forgotten and gives us the chance to think about the part we can all play in standing up to discrimination.”
On Thursday, 22 January, the council, along with the European Union-funded iParticipate project and local community groups, will host a free international conference on ways to better integrate non-EU immigrants in political and social life at the Town Hall.
Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to learn lessons from the past to help create a safer, better future for everyone.