London's Memorial Day
by: SJ Reporter - Last updated: 2004-07-22
Holocaust Memorial Day
London is to host the fifth National Holocaust Memorial Day on Thursday 27th January 2005.
The day marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi extermination camp and aims to offer an opportunity for both Jews and non-Jews to remember those who suffered during the Holocaust as well. Other aspects of the national event include educating people as to the lessons that can be learnt on the impact of racism.
As well as the main London event, other regional events will be taking place.
"Holocaust Memorial Day is vitally important for the whole nation, not just so we remember those who were abused and murdered by the Nazis, but to encourage us to take a critical look at the world today and challenge racism and intolerance head on," said Home Secretary David Blunkett.
"With its theme of 'survivors, liberation and rebuilding lives' this event offers an opportunity for us to hear victims recall their experiences, reflect on how our society treated them and listen to what they can tell us that applies equally well to the world today. As many people as possible, especially our young people, need to take this opportunity to listen to these survivors, pay our respects to them and learn from what they have to say."