Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2019

The annual Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration organised by the Chelmsford Jewish Community and supported by Chelmsford City Council, will be held at the Civic Centre, Chelmsford in January, to remember the victims of the Holocaust during World War Two and other genocides.

The Chelmsford Jewish Community and Chelmsford City Council welcomes everyone to attend the commemoration event on Monday 28 January 2019 at 7pm in the Council Chamber located at Chelmsford City Council, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the International Day of Remembrance for the millions of victims killed in the Holocaust and other genocides and is marked each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

This year the principal speaker will be Ernest Simon. Ernest was born in Eisenstadt, Austria in 1930 and in January 1939, Ernest came to England (Leeds) on the Kindertransport from Vienna. This commemoration provides an opportunity to learn and reflect on the many memories of Holocaust survivor, Ernest Simon.

Chairman of Chelmsford Jewish Community, Stanley Keller, said: “The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is ’Torn from home’. We will hear from Ernest about his experience moving to England from Vienna in 1939 as he recalls the number around his neck and saying goodbye to his parents and younger brother.

“We feel it is important for young people to learn what happened so the message can carry forward to future generations and we are pleased that some local schools will be attending on the night. Additionally, Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity every year to assess how far we have progressed towards inclusion and diversity in our society.”

Chelmsford City Council and The Chelmsford Jewish Community want to ensure that the memory of both those who survived and those who lost their lives, is kept alive for future generations.

Admission to the commemoration is free but must be booked in advance. Places are limited so please book early, by calling 01245 475444, emailing events@chelmsford.gov.uk or completing the booking form http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/holocaustmemorial. Light refreshments will be available from 7pm. There will be no admittance once the commemoration has started promptly at 7.30pm.

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