Hounslow honours Holocaust Memorial Day

Hounslow Council led the commemoration for remembering those affected by the Holocaust and genocides all over the world, with a special event earlier this week [Monday]

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Hounslow Council led the commemoration for remembering those affected by the Holocaust and genocides all over the world, with a special event earlier this week [Monday]
 

Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow and Maria Pedro, Deputy Lieutenant [Queen’s Representative] were joined by councillors and council staff to light candles to remember lives lost and the price paid by so many.
 
Among the specially-invited guests was Susie Barnett, who was born in Germany when the country was under the Nazi rule. At the event, held at the Lampton Park Conference Centre, next door to the Civic Centre, she told of her family’s life in pre-war Germany, how they escaped individually but the price they paid for the experience as a family.
 
The theme for this year’s commemoration was How Can Life Go On, and the service, with prayers, was led by the Reverend Richard Frank, Area Dean of Hounslow.
 
Holocaust Memorial Day is officially marked on 27 January every year, with services taking place on and around that time. It marks the same date in 1945 when the Auschwitz concentration camp in modern-day Poland was liberated nearly eight months before World War Two officially ended. 
 
In the five years Auschwitz was open, an estimated 1.1 million people were killed at the concentration camp, around 90 per cent of whom were Jewish.  Approximately six million Jewish and five million non-Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust. Tribute is also paid to all those killed or affected by genocides across the world.
 

Also at today’s service were local community leader Basil Mann, Bessie White from the Hounslow Friends of Faith, and pupils from Kingsley Academy.
 

Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Mayor of Hounslow, said: “As always, Hounslow Council is proud to host this event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
 

“ It’s important we can all take time to remember what happened to millions of people and make sure this crime against humanity doesn’t happen ever again.
 

“We welcomed many guests and in particular I would like to thank Susie Barnett, who spoke personally about the experience she and her family endured. We can only be inspired by the strength they and so many others showed and that their stories serve as a reminder that we never forget. 
 

“I would also like to thank Reverend Frank, Basil Mann and Bessie White and also to the pupils and staff of Kingsley Academy who took part in the service.
 

“The service was very fitting and gave us all a chance to reflect and remember.”