Published: Monday, 16th January 2023

Medway’s communities will come together in memory of the millions of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust on Thursday, 26 January. 

Memorial services will be held across the country to honour those who were affected by the Holocaust, at the end of January. Medway’s Holocaust Memorial Day event will be held at Rochester Cathedral, on Thursday, 26 January at 5.30pm. 

Every year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) suggests a theme for services and this year they’ve chosen ‘Ordinary People’. The theme highlights how ordinary people can play a bigger part in challenging prejudice rather than standing by, and aims to remember the ordinary people who were persecuted and those who became rescuers.

Since 2004, Medway’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day has been organised jointly by Chatham Memorial Synagogue, Rochester Cathedral and the Medway Inter-Faith Action Forum alongside ourselves. In 2010 they were joined by the Medway Youth Council. These five organisations are committed to ensuring that the Holocaust and other human atrocities are never forgotten.

The event will include presentations, readings, poetry and prayers from local schools, religious communities, Medway Youth Council, Medway Inter-Faith Action and Kent Police.

There will also be an exhibition of artwork created by schools, which will be on display at Rochester Cathedral from Thursday, 26 January until Sunday, 5 February. The exhibition will then be moved to Chatham Library from Monday, 6 February until Tuesday, 28 February. 

Find out more information about Medway’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations.

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