Source: City of Oxford
Online service of reflection to mark Holocaust Memorial Day
- Date: 27th January 2021
- Location: Online event
- Time: 11:00 – 11:30
- Cost: Free
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo, will host an online service of reflection to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on 27 January every year, is the international day to remember the millions of people who were murdered in the Holocaust and in the genocides around the world that followed.
27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
The order of service is:
- Welcome by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo
- Councillor Les Sibley, Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, to read: Fear by Eva Pickova
- Jawaid Malik JP, Vice Chair of the Oxford Council of Faiths, to say a prayer
- Anneliese Dodds, MP for Oxford East, to read: We Remember Them by Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer
- Penny Faust, of the Oxford Jewish Congregation, to read: A Reflection for Holocaust Memorial Day
- Penny Faust to light a Yahrzeit (Yiddish for “a year’s time”) candle and lead a minute silence to reflect
- The Reverend Anthony Buckley, City Rector of Oxford, to say a prayer.
The service is open to those of any faith or none.
The service normally takes place in the Oxford Town Hall. It will be held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The national theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year is “Be the light in the darkness”. The theme aims to encourages people to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.
Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated in the UK since 2001. In 2005 the United Nations declared 27 January as an international commemoration day. For more information about the website, Holocaust Memorial Day.