Holocaust Memorial Day Online Service of Commemoration

Date: 26th January 2021.

Location: Online Virtual Event

Cost: Free

Time: 18:00 - 19:00

Holocaust Memorial day Logo from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking Holocaust Memorial Day. This theme asks everyone to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

Online Service

Join us a 6pm on Tuesday 26th January. A link to the online service will be present on this page soon.

Introduction by Cllr Kevin Robinson, Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Working Party.

A Message of Prayer

From the Mayor’s Chaplain, Father David Wylie  

A reflection on the 2021 theme 

“Be the Light in the Darkness” by Rabbi Israel Geoffrey Hyman, Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation

An Introduction to our speaker Mrs Susan Bermange by Rabbi Warren Elf, The Southend and District Reform Synagogue.

Address by Mrs Susan Bermange

Susan’s Father, Berek "Bob" Obuchowski was a holocaust survivor, and spoke at our service  in Southend in 2011.   Susan Bermange will speak about the life of her father, Berek Obuchowski, a Holocaust survivor.  He was born in Ozorkow, Poland.  He spent over three years in the Łódź Ghetto, was transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Rhemsdorf and finally survived a death march to Thereisenstadt, where he was liberated.  He was one of ‘The Boys’ who were brought over to the UK in 1945.  He started his new life here in Windermere.  In his words, he went “from hell to paradise”.

Performance by the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs on tour in Australia (2018)

“I Believe in the Sun” (Mark Miller)

Eddie Jaku talk from Sydney, Australia, 2019

Concluding remarks by The Mayor of Southend on Sea, Councillor John Lamb

The Commemoration has been arranged by The Holocaust Memorial Day Working Party:-

Cllr Kevin Robinson (Chair), Cllr Anne Chalk, Cllr Daniel Cowan, Cllr David Garston, Cllr Derek Jarvis, Cllr Ashley Thompson, Cllr Steve Wakefield, Cllr Chris Walker, Mr S Dolling, Mr R Harris, Ms R Pennington

Tree Planting

In line with government guidance, the Holocaust Memorial Tree will be planted on 27 January, but there will be no event on this occasion.  The tree will be planted on Marine Parade, opposite Salisbury Road, Leigh on Sea, SS9 2NA.

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