Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 2000 to remember the destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War, to acknowledge subsequent atrocities around the world in places such as Armenia, Rwanda and Cambodia, and to try and prevent a recurrence in the future. 27 January was chosen as it is the date that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated in 1945.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust sets an annual theme, which provides a focus for individual communities and schools to concentrate their efforts and give prominence to a fresh aspect of this special day each year.  This year’s theme is 'One Day' which has myriad interpretations. Including, the One Day we reflect on the Holocaust with the Memorial Day; One Day when life changed for survivors and those who sadly lost their lives; and taking One Day at a time, which was the route to survival for many.

See how Leicester is commemorating the day

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