We haven’t learned lessons of the Holocaust’

A HOST of events has again been arranged this month to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. People will gather to remember those who were lost and to pay their respects to those who survived the atrocities

Katie Davies

A HOST of events has again been arranged this month to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

People will gather to remember those who were lost and to pay their respects to those who survived the atrocities.

In Camden, the council will host a service on January 29, two days after the annual event.

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Speakers at the gathering at the Town Hall at 5.30pm include Jack Kagan, a survivor who fought with the Bielski brothers against the Nazis in Belarus. The story is the subject of Defiance, a forthcoming Daniel Craig film.

Others talking part include Linda Melvern, an expert on genocide in Rwanda, Rabbi Janet Burden, who will lead the prayer of mourning (or Kaddish) at the end of the event, and Mayor of Camden Dawn Somper.

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In Swiss Cottage there will be an exhibition in association with the Jewish Museum that is open now and runs until February 1.

In Barnet the council has also arranged an exhibition exploring the Holocaust. The work, 6 million +, is made up of six million buttons and will be at Brent Cross shopping centre for two weeks.

Barnet Mayor Maureen Braun said: "The exhibition is an extremely moving and visual way of appreciating the full horror of what happened during the Holocaust. I encourage as many residents as possible to visit Brent Cross, see the installation and talk to survivors.

"It is nearly 63 years since the end of World War II but events elsewhere in the world today show that, sadly, we have not learnt the lessons of

the past."

The exhibition runs from January 21 to February 1 and for more information call the council's civic events officer on 020-8359 2493.

In Hampstead, a debate will be held on January 28 about how survivors and their families, and the families of the perpetrators, cope with the horrors. It has been arranged by the Jewish Community Centre for London and takes place at Hampstead Town Hall from 8pm.

Tickets cost £8 and participants include survivor Mala Tribich and Marcus J Carney, who recently made a documentary about his family's Nazi past. More details are at www.jewishcommunitycentre.org.uk or on 020-7431 9866.

In Wood Green an exhibition on the Kindertransport is on display until February 24 at the central library on the High Road. It is also organised by the Jewish Museum and opens from 10am to 7pm.

In Haringey, councillors will unveil a statue in memory of those who died.

The piece, designed by Claudia Holder, will go on display at Bruce Castle Museum on Lordship Lane from 2pm on January 27. There will also be a remembrance service.

Ms Holder, a student of Artscope, which is a project for residents with learning difficulties, won a competition to have her work made by professional sculptor Paul Margetts last year.

Other entries will be exhibited at the museum. The memorial flag will be raised at Bruce Castle on January 25 and other events takes place throughout the week.

A performance evening with Children's Laureate Michael Rosen will be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the West Green Learning Centre on Langham Road.

On January 31 two films exploring the Holocaust will be shown at the centre from 7pm, with tickets costing £3 and £2.

And Westminster Council is hosting a multimedia presentation on the Holocaust at the ICA in The Mall on January 28 from 6pm.


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