Harrow Borough Council holds ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Harrow Times: Children from Moriah Jewish Day School sang during the ceremony (photo by Dermot Carlin) Children from Moriah Jewish Day School sang during the ceremony (photo by Dermot Carlin)

Harrow Borough Council had a commemoration ceremony on Wednesday to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The theme of the event was Communities Together: Building Bridges and there was an address by Holocaust Survivors Bob and Ann Kirk.

There were also songs from children from the Moriah Jewish Day School and a talk by Rabbi David Lister of Hatch Eng Kol Chai Sunagogue.

Councillor David Perry, portfolio holder for community and cultural services, said: “It’s very important that we join together to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day so that these events are never forgotten.

“We want to send the message that discrimination, racism and hatred have no place in our society, and that acts like this should never happen again.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “Everybody is a member of some kind of community, with different tastes and ambitions.

“During the Holocaust these differences were not celebrated, and instead they became targets instead.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is a day of respect when we can think about how those communities have been changed. It is an opportunity to come together and make connections with our neighbours.”

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on January 27 every year to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.
 

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8:17am Sun 3 Feb 13

Paramjit Singh says...

Sikh representative from Harrow contributed to Holocaust memorial in the House of Common on 23rd Jan 2013:
On 23rd Jan 2013, in the committee room 4 of the House of Common, once again Paramjit Singh Kohli (Sikh Interfaith Activist) spoke on the most worst traedgy of the modern history- the 3rd Holocaust of the Sikhs - Genocide of 1984. He said:
The denial of Justice and the closure is still needed after 28 years by bringing the perpetrators to justice in the so called the biggest democracy of the world. The Government of India is accountable because of its inability to provide adequate rehabilitation to the victims of 1984 Genocide.
The horrific killing of Sikhs with Turbans and Beards and their women and their children took place,only 28 years back, in the capital Delhi with the blessings of the ruling government. Even today, our hearts are broken because of the dreadful loss of life and a crime against humanity took place in my own country. We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear and see the horrific killings on live tv. Children being thrown from the windows, women being raped and killed, men with tyres around their necks being burnt live - all this because they were born as Sikhs.
This year the universal theme of the Holocaust memorial day is to engage all communities for awareness and for collective response to genocides. We human beings belong to ONE HUMAN RACE, we are all culprits of these genocides taking place in the world because either by doing or not doing anything about them. As my survivor Jewish activist friend just said,” we got to keep check on what is going on in all parts of the world and be able to disallow anymore genocides take place”. I request the media to harness all the technology to help us in this.
Two years ago, at this very House of Common I coined the words,” Silent Genocide” which is taking place even in the U.K. in terms of “Grooming of young girls “; just yesterday in the Leicester Magistrate Court five men were charged on 22 accounts of sexual grooming of a 16 year old Sikh Girl and the Court was minded to send this horrendous case to the Crown Court for hearing & sentencing.
On this Holocaust memorial day we all must stand together and be One Family of Gatekeepers to ensure further Genocides do not take place and the culprits are brought to justice only then as per our beloved fifth Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s words:
” Whoever I approach in this world to ask for help, I find him/her full of his/her own troubles.
Only those who remember the One Almighty God in heart travel through their worldly sojourns with dignity and love.” Thank you.
Sikh representative from Harrow contributed to Holocaust memorial in the House of Common on 23rd Jan 2013: On 23rd Jan 2013, in the committee room 4 of the House of Common, once again Paramjit Singh Kohli (Sikh Interfaith Activist) spoke on the most worst traedgy of the modern history- the 3rd Holocaust of the Sikhs - Genocide of 1984. He said: The denial of Justice and the closure is still needed after 28 years by bringing the perpetrators to justice in the so called the biggest democracy of the world. The Government of India is accountable because of its inability to provide adequate rehabilitation to the victims of 1984 Genocide. The horrific killing of Sikhs with Turbans and Beards and their women and their children took place,only 28 years back, in the capital Delhi with the blessings of the ruling government. Even today, our hearts are broken because of the dreadful loss of life and a crime against humanity took place in my own country. We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear and see the horrific killings on live tv. Children being thrown from the windows, women being raped and killed, men with tyres around their necks being burnt live - all this because they were born as Sikhs. This year the universal theme of the Holocaust memorial day is to engage all communities for awareness and for collective response to genocides. We human beings belong to ONE HUMAN RACE, we are all culprits of these genocides taking place in the world because either by doing or not doing anything about them. As my survivor Jewish activist friend just said,” we got to keep check on what is going on in all parts of the world and be able to disallow anymore genocides take place”. I request the media to harness all the technology to help us in this. Two years ago, at this very House of Common I coined the words,” Silent Genocide” which is taking place even in the U.K. in terms of “Grooming of young girls “; just yesterday in the Leicester Magistrate Court five men were charged on 22 accounts of sexual grooming of a 16 year old Sikh Girl and the Court was minded to send this horrendous case to the Crown Court for hearing & sentencing. On this Holocaust memorial day we all must stand together and be One Family of Gatekeepers to ensure further Genocides do not take place and the culprits are brought to justice only then as per our beloved fifth Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s words: ” Whoever I approach in this world to ask for help, I find him/her full of his/her own troubles. Only those who remember the One Almighty God in heart travel through their worldly sojourns with dignity and love.” Thank you. Paramjit Singh

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