Today is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which takes place every year on 27 January. The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
It is an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Everyone needs to come together to learn, remember and reflect.
Each year the Holocaust Memorial Trust picks a theme for the day, with this year’s theme being Ordinary People.
Ordinary people were involved in all aspects of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and in the genocides that took place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Ordinary people were perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, and witnesses – and ordinary people were victims.
Thank you to everyone who took the time today to attend either the flag-raising ceremonies in Glossop or Buxton or anyone who participated in Light the darkness this afternoon.
The theme today also aims to prompt us to consider how ordinary people, such as ourselves, can perhaps play a bigger part than we might imagine in challenging prejudice today.
To learn more, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website at https://www.hmd.org.uk/
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