Hounslow commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

The Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Sue Sampson, led the borough’s tribute to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 with a special service yesterday (Monday 29 January).

Published: Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Pictured L to R: Inspector Clive Alpin; Borough Commander Philip Morton; Michael Brown; Cllr Sue Sampson; Mary Harpley; and Cllr Steve Curran at the council’s Holocaust Memorial Day service.

The Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Sue Sampson, led the borough’s tribute to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 with a special service yesterday (Monday 29 January).

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.  It also remembers subsequent genocides all over the world.

This year’s civic event took place at the Green School for Girls, London Road, Isleworth. Pupils joined the Mayor and other dignitaries including the Deputy Lieutenant for Hounslow, Maria Pedro; Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran; Deputy Leader, Cllr Amrit Mann; and Chief Executive Mary Harpley, for a commemoration of lives lost and those affected by the horrors of the Holocaust.

Borough Commander Philip Morton represented the Fire Service, and Inspector Clive Alpin attended on behalf of the Police. Members of Hounslow Friends of Faith and SACRE were also present.

At the service, led by the Reverend Richard Frank, Area Dean of Hounslow, candles were lit, followed by prayers and a period of silence.

Among the specially invited guests was Michael Brown, a Holocaust survivor, who spoke of the experience he and his family had to go through during World War II.

Born in 1930 in Silesia, Germany, Michael spent the first eight years of his life in Oppeln, a town near Breslau. In the summer of 1938, he moved to Hanover with his family and lived there until August 1939, when he left Germany for England on the Kinder transport, spending the next 15 years living with a family in Liverpool.

This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Words’, and focused on how words can be used both positively and negatively, even in today’s society.

Cllr Sue Sampson, Mayor of Hounslow, said: “Hounslow Council is proud to once again host this event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. It’s a day when 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.

“This event not only reminds us about the horrors of the past, but challenges us to look to a future, where everyone can live free from persecution, free from oppression and free from the shadow of fear cast by those who use their strength to intimidate.

“The lessons from the Holocaust resonate strongly in Hounslow. By coming together as one community, with respect for each other’s’ ideas and beliefs, we can be confident that we are passing on the lessons that the Holocaust taught us.”

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