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Holocaust Memorial Day – Friday 27 January 2017

11th January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day – Friday 27 January 2017


On behalf of the Trustees of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund [SMTF] I would like to invite you to attend this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day [HMD] commemoration on Friday 27 January, organised by the SMTF, Southwark Council and Imperial War Museum London. As you may be aware, HMD marks the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camps by the Soviet Red Army in 1945.


The commemoration begins in the Cinema of Imperial War Museum London and ends with an Act of Remembrance, including the laying of wreaths, at the Holocaust Memorial Tree and Soviet War Memorial. Both memorials stand together in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park which surrounds the Museum. Guests attending the indoor element of the event have the opportunity to view the IWM’s Holocaust Exhibition beforehand.


09.00 am – Private viewing of The Holocaust Exhibition in the IWM

10.00 am – Gather at the Cinema inside Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ

10.15 am – Indoor ceremony begins, with Holocaust survivor Helen Aronson

11.00 am – Process from the Museum to the Soviet War Memorial and Holocaust Memorial Tree

11.15 am – Act of Remembrance, including the laying of wreaths 


NB: No seating is provided outdoors. This part of the event is expected to last no more than 30 mins.


Due to seating limitations, if you wish to attend the ceremony inside the Museum, it is ESSENTIAL that you contact the Mayor of Southwark’s Office directly on Tel: 020 7525 7303 or Eml: [removed] before Friday 20 January.


If you wish to attend the outdoor Act of Remembrance, please RSVP directly to the SMTF as soon as possible, ideally by email to: [removed]If you intend to lay a wreath on behalf of an organisation, or you will be carrying a standard, replies must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 25 January. 


Please contact me if you have any questions.



Ralph Gibson
Hon Secretary
Soviet Memorial Trust Fund
Direct Work Tel: 020 7370 3002 (at Rossiya Segodnya)

SMTF, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB
Tel: 020 7274 2282 / Eml: [removed] / Web: www.scrss.org.uk/sovietmemorial.htm

Best wishes




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