Silence in Ealing on Holocaust Memorial Day

Tree planted in memory of those who lost lives

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Ealing Council’s leader, Councillor Julian Bell, Rabbi Janet Burden, Ealing Liberal Synagogue, Ealing’s mayor, Councillor Tej Ram Bagha, and deputy mayor, Councillor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer, were joined by primary school pupils to help plant a tree in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust as well as all the other victims of persecution, genocide and torture around the world., and

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Children from four local primary schools, guests, dignitaries, council staff and members of the public were among those who joined a moving ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Ealing (Tuesday, 27 January).

Ealing’s mayor, Councillor Tej Ram Bagha, and leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, led the ceremony with the support of Rabbi Janet Burden from Ealing Liberal Synagogue.

A minute’s silence was observed and a tree was planted outside the council’s Perceval House offices, Uxbridge Road, in memory of all those around the world who have lost their lives as a result of acts of genocide, persecution and torture. These include victims of the Nazi Holocaust as well as those in Armenia, Assyria, Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Darfur.

Councillor Bell reminded people that it was 70 years ago to the day since Soviet soldiers finally liberated Auschwitz concentration camp in south-west Poland. He also urged everyone to take a stand against discrimination and stressed how important it is that we keep alive the memory of the Holocaust and other atrocities by exploring and sharing the powerful stories of survivors.

He said: “It is vital, and particularly relevant for those residents who have come to our borough to escape persecution, that we reflect on these memories while survivors are still with us.
“I also hope we will pass the lessons of the past on to our children, so that they too will challenge persecution and continue to commemorate this day for years to come.”



29th January 2015