Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. This theme encourages everyone to reflect on the depth’s humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

To commemorate this event, a special one-hour programme will be live streamed on Latest TV website  at 2pm and 6pm on the 27th of January.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust will also be streaming a fully digital ceremony at 7pm on the 27th January until 8pm. At 8pm, households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were, and to stand against prejudice and hatred today.

Councillor Amanda Evans, Labour Spokesperson for Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said:

“Whilst it is a shame we cannot meet in person, the online events this year still allow us to come together virtually to mark this hugely important day of commemoration.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is a day we stand with our communities to commemorate the six million Jews and those murdered in genocides since, such as those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur – and vow to prevent this from ever happening again.

“It is a day for reflection and learning about the horrors and atrocities of the past, in order to redouble our efforts to stamp prejudice and hatred out of the present and future.”

To find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.

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Holocaust Memorial Day - be the light in the darkness
Holocaust Memorial Day - be the light in the darkness
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