The power of words: Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

The mayor of Ealing, Councillor Simon Woodroofe, will be joined by the leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell and the deputy leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Ranjit Dheer OBE JP.

The service will focus on the Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 theme of ‘The Power of Words’.  There will be reflections on the impact that words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.

There will also be an exhibition of booklets and posters in relation to the Armenian Genocide and Hidden Histories.

Students from Acton High School will read pledges and there will be speeches and prayers from the Right Reverend Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden and Acting Bishop of London, Reverend Dean Ayres, Associate Rector of Acton, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Primate of the Armenian Church in the UK and Ireland, and Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis.

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 will be remembered.

Deputy leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Dheer OBE JP said: The words that we see and hear all around us today – in newspapers, online, in conversations – the words that we choose to use, all have an impact upon us and those around us. Ealing is proud that we can work together within our communities, with respect and thoughtfulness, to stand against persecution and provide futures for those who have suffered.”

The service is open to members of the public who are welcome to attend, although seating is limited and is only available on a first come first served basis.