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Southwark remembers the Holocaust on eve of 2018 memorial day

The Mayor of Southwark and local political and civic leaders gathered at the Holocaust Memorial Tree in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park on Friday morning on the eve of the international Holocaust Memorial Day.

Southwark remembers the Holocaust on eve of 2018 memorial day
Southwark remembers the Holocaust on eve of 2018 memorial day
The Mayor of Southwark Cllr Charlie Smith placed a wreath at the foot of the Soviet War Memorial
Southwark remembers the Holocaust on eve of 2018 memorial day
Cllr Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, laid flowers at the Holocaust Memorial Tree
Southwark remembers the Holocaust on eve of 2018 memorial day

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January, the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops.

Southwark's annual ceremony is held at the Holocaust Memorial Tree which stands alongside the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

Flowers were laid by the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Charlie Smith, as well as council leader Peter John and local MP Neil Coyle. Cathedrals ward councillors David Noakes and Maria Linforth-Hall took part in the ceremony too.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Messinger, borough commander of Southwark Police, also placed flowers in front of the tree.

This year some of Southwark's neighbouring authorities were represented at the ceremony, including the City of London Corporation and Westminster City Council.

After the wreath-laying ceremony in the park, guests moved in to the Imperial War Museum where they heard testimony from Holocaust survivor John Dobai and witnessed the lighting of memorial candles.

Elsewhere in SE1, the Mayor of London and the London Assembly held a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall on Monday this week.

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