Medway’s communities will come together to commemorate the millions of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust on Monday, 27 January 2020.
Memorial services will be held across the country to honour those who were affected by the Holocaust.
Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) suggests a theme for services and this year they have chosen Stand Together. The theme explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours and speaking out against oppression.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz as well as the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.
Since 2004, Medway’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day has been organised by Medway Council, Chatham Memorial Synagogue, Rochester Cathedral and the Medway Inter-Faith Action Forum. In 2010 they were joined by Medway Youth Council. The five organisations are committed to ensuring that the Holocaust and other human atrocities are never forgotten.
Medway’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration will be held at Rochester Cathedral on Monday, 27 January, from 6pm, refreshments will be available from 5.30pm. The service will include presentations, readings and performances from Chatham Memorial Synagogue, Rochester Cathedral, Kent Police, Medway Inter-faith Action Forum, The Mayor of Medway, Medway Youth Council and Medway schools.
Artwork created by local schools will also on display at the cathedral until Tuesday, 4 February. Members of the public can then view the exhibition at Chatham Library from Thursday, 6 February until Saturday, 29 February.