Borough Council of Wellingborough

Wellingborough marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Residents across Wellingborough are invited to join local organisations for a series of events taking place from Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 January to commemorate this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Wellingborough Council, Wellingborough Museum, Victoria Centre and a committee of volunteers have organised a string of events taking place across the borough, starting with an exhibition at Swansgate Centre which will be displayed from Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 January.

The commemorative display will be based on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s theme of ‘Torn from home’, and encourages audiences to reflect on families losing a safe place to call home when faced with persecution or genocide.

Castle Theatre will be showcasing Smokescreen Production’s Mengele on Thursday 24 January at 7.30pm, which portrays a contemporary exposé of sociopathic narcissist, Josef Mengele. Tickets are priced at £15 (£12), and can be booked by calling the box office on: 01933 270 007.

Holocaust Memorial Day, which will take place on Sunday 27 January, brings communities together to remember the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi camp.

On Sunday 27 January, The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Malcolm Ward will attend a special service organised by the council, taking place from 2pm by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens. A candle created by world-renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor will be lit during the service to begin a moment of reflect to honour the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “This poignant event commemorates those who sadly lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent tragic genocides. We are working with local organisations to deliver a special remembrance service which will provide residents with the opportunity to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

“Anyone wishing to attend the service should assemble by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens by 2pm on Sunday 27 January.”

Wellingborough Museum is marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday 26 January and will be delivering illustrated talks from 11am in the Dulley Room. Tickets are free, but seating is limited, so please reserve tickets by calling 01933 276838.

For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust visit: www.hmd.org.uk