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SMTF – Holocaust Memorial Day – Jan 27

15th January 2013

We begin our series of events in 2013 on SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 with the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration and Act of Remembrance, organised jointly with Southwark Council. See “Jan 27” attachment for full details. Please note that the Imperial War Museum is currently closed and so its excellent facilities will not be available before or after the ceremony in the GMH Park.
And the following weekend, on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 we are delighted to announce a special SMTF-organised event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Army’s Victory at the Battle of Stalingrad. Please note that although the event is free-of-charge, pre-booking is essential. See “Feb 2” attachment for full details.
Below is the January newsletter which includes brief information about both of the above events, together with information which I hope will be of interest to you. Please do pass this on to anyone you feel might be interested to hear about the Soviet War Memorial in London and the activities surrounding it. I am also happy to send information by traditional means to individuals or organisations without access to email. Simply let me have the relevant postal address.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish you all a good year – and look forward to seeing you, if at all possible, at one or more of our events in 2013.
Ralph Gibson
Hon. Secretary
Soviet Memorial Trust Fund
Direct Tel: 020 7370 3002 (at RIA Novosti)

SMTF, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB
Tel: 020 7274 2282 / Eml: [removed]



Remembrance Sunday – November 11, 2012

Over 100 people participated in the annual Remembrance Sunday event at the Memorial. The Russian Ambassador, HE Alexander Yakovlev, spoke of the debt owed to those who “gave the world their last full measure of devotion” – and the importance of not taking peace for granted. Local MP, the Rt Hon Simon Hughes, delivered an address. Stanley Ballard, on behalf of the Russian Convoy Club, expressed sincere thanks to the Russian Embassy for its continued recognition of the veterans of the Arctic convoys. The Mayor of Southwark was once again accompanied by a delegation from Clichy, the borough’s French “twin”. For photos from the event and the Ambassador’s remarks in full, see the Russian Embassy website – http://rusemb.org.uk/activity/121 and http://rusemb.org.uk/article/178




Holocaust Memorial Day – January 27, 2013

The SMTF and Southwark Council have organised an event to mark HMD on Sunday, January 27. The event starts at 10.00am at the Amigo Hall of St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road and continues with an Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial and Southwark Council’s Holocaust Memorial Tree in GMH Park. (Full details are on the attached “Jan 27” letter. NB: The IWM London is closed until later this year and therefore its facilities will not be available.)


Hurricanes to Murmansk showing- January 28, 2013

To celebrate the announcement that a new medal will be created for British World War Two Veterans who served on the Arctic Convoys, the Westminster Russia Forum are hosting an evening drinks reception and a showing of Hurricanes to Murmansk at the London office of Rossotrudnichestvo on Monday, January 28. Air Commodore Phil Wilkinson, RAF (rtd), Chair of the RAF Russia Association and a SMTF Trustee, will introduce the film. The event is free – but pre-booking is required. For full details and to book, visit the WRF website – http://wrforum.org.uk/ai1ec_event/arctic-convoy-veterans-reception-and-film/?instance_id=26 .The SMTF premiered Hurricanes to Murmansk and is delighted to support this further public showing of the documentary by Atoll Productions which tells the story of the RAF fighter wing that travelled aboard the first Arctic convoy to Russia in August 1941. Copies of the DVD are still available – see www.atollproductions.co.uk


Stalingrad remembered – February 2, 2013

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory by the Soviet (Red) Army at the Battle of Stalingrad, the SMTF has organised a special event on Saturday, February 2 at the London office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the presence of HE Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian Ambassador to the UK. The event begins at 2.00pm. (See “Feb 2” attachment for full details.)

Professor Geoffrey Roberts will deliver a talk, followed by Q&A, on “Stalingrad, Zhukov and the Great Patriotic War”. Booking in advance is essential. Please book, preferably by email to [removed], before January 31, 2013. For further information, or if you do not have email, please contact Ralph Gibson, Hon. Secretary of the SMTF, on 020 7370 3002 (at RIA Novosti).

In the evening, Philosophy Football will be hosting Professor Roberts at another anniversary event. Full details of their Victory at Stalingrad 70th Anniversary Night, which also features the Trans-Siberian March Band, can be found on the PF website – http://www.philosophyfootball.com/view_item.php?pid=587


Victory Day – May 9, 2013

The SMTF is organising its annual Victory Day event on Thursday, May 9. If you would like to receive advanced information, and you are not already on the SMTF mailing list, please send your details to the Hon. Secretary.


SMTF mailing list

The SMTF sends out regular information by post and email about the Trust, its events, and relevant news associated with the Soviet War Memorial in London and all that it represents. The SMTF organises Acts of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial on at least three occasions each year – January 27 (Holocaust Memorial Day), May 9 (Victory Day), and Remembrance Sunday in November. If you wish to receive regular information in the future, or wish to be removed from the SMTF mailing list, please contact the Hon Secretary, SMTF, c/o 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB / Email: [removed] 

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