Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January

The ceremonial burning down of the last hut at Belsen after the liberation of the camp in 1945This coming Sunday is Holocaust Memorial Day.  Its aim is to commemorate not only those killed in the Holocaust and as a result of Nazi persecution, but those who have died in more recent genocides such as Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. 

It seeks to educate people about the Holocaust and highlight the continuing dangers of racism, anti-semitism and all forms of discrimination.  Holocaust Memorial Day takes place annually on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

There are many events taking place to mark the day – click here to see events in your area

There are a number of memorials in the UK that commemorate the Holocaust.  These include a memorial garden in Hyde Park, London.  Click to see UKNWIM record.

The inscription (in English and Hebrew) reads,

“For thee I weep
streams of tears flow
from my eyes
because of the destruction
of my people
lamentations

Another memorial in Harrow, London, takes a quotation from the diary of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis with her family for two years before eventually being discovered and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to change the world”

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