The Greater London Authority (GLA) will hold its annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony in the Chamber at City Hall from noon-12.45pm on Tuesday, 25 January. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Untold Stories’.
The ceremony will commemorate all those who were victims of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide. It will be opened by Baroness Dee Doocey AM, Chair of the London Assembly and include a reading by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Personal testimony will be delivered by Mala Tribich and Alphonsine Kabagabo.
Mala Tribich spent years in hiding and as a slave labourer during the Nazi occupation of Poland before being transported to first Ravensbruck and then Bergen-Belsen concentration camps.
Alphonsine Kabagabo has been the Regional Director of the Africa Region of the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts since 1998. Alphonsine survived the Rwanda genocide in 1994.
The event will also include contributions from students from London schools who have participated in the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Rabbi Jeremy Gordon from the New London Synagogue will say Kaddish and music will be provided by the Zemel Choir.
The ceremony will be webcast live.
Media are invited to attend; public attendance is by invitation only.