“Torn from Home” Holocaust Memorial Day Service of Reflection

Published: Thursday, 17th January 2019

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Colin Cook will be hosting a short reflection service to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at 12noon, Friday 25 January, in the St Aldate’s Room, Oxford Town Hall.

All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The service is to allow members of the public, City Council employees and Councillors to honour survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and reflect on how we can ensure the lessons of history are never forgotten.

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Torn from home’. We will be hearing an account from Kindertransport child, Kenneth Appel, who found refuge from the Nazis in the UK. We will also be reflecting on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook said: “I am immensely proud to be a part of a city that has been, and continues to be, so welcoming to refugees. It is wonderful to hear from past generations, such as Kenneth Appel, who have made a success of their lives here in this country.

It has been humbling to meet some of the current refugees who are starting out on that process and making Oxford their new home. The city will do whatever it can to help them and future refugees feel welcome here.”

The Lord Mayor of Oxford will be joined by the City Rector, The Reverend Anthony Buckley, Penny Faust of the Oxford Jewish Congregation and Chair of the Oxford Council of Faiths and Imam Monawar Hussain MBE, Founder of the Oxford Foundation and representative from the Muslim Community, and Anneliese Dodds MP for Oxford East.

During the service we will be lighting a Yahrzeit or year time candle to commemorate the lives of the six million Jews and five million others, gypsies, disabled people, homosexuals and political prisoners who died during the Holocaust. For many of us it also serves as a memorial to victims of other genocides and carries our hopes for a better future.

All are welcome to join the Lord Mayor of Oxford in the St Aldate’s Room, Oxford Town Hall.

Please arrive by 11.55am for the service to start at 12noon.