The national commemorations take place each year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It is a day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 49 years after the Holocaust ended, 19 years after the genocide in Cambodia, the world stood by as Hutu extremists shattered the fragile freedom in Rwanda, following decades of tension and violence, culminating in the murder of over one million Tutsis in just one hundred days.
Cllr Wright said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for everyone to remember the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust and in other genocides across the world.
“It gives us the opportunity to reflect on the suffering of all those who endured the horrors of genocide, and to honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.
“It also gives us the opportunity to look to a brighter future, by uniting, celebrating our diverse communities and making a pledge to stand together against hatred, on this day, and every day.
“It’s a reminder that we all have a part to play in challenging prejudice and the language of hatred. Together, we can ensure we learn the lessons of the past, and work together for a safer, better future for everyone.”
Each year, people from across the UK take part in a national moment for Holocaust Memorial Day. At 4pm on 27 January people all over the nation light candles and put them safely in their windows to:
- remember those who were murdered for who they were
- stand against prejudice and hatred today
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Trust, visit hmd.org.uk