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Queen is HMD patron

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-09-07

The Queen

The Queen

The Queen is to be patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the group that now oversees the annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) which aims to commemorate all victims of Nazi persecution.

Previously HMD was the responsibility of the Home Office.

In 2006, the day takes places on 26th January, as the usual day, the 27th falls on a Friday and will run into Shabbat.

The main event will take place in Cardiff with local events happening across the UK.  Its theme is One Person Can Make A Difference.

“The Home Office has supported Holocaust Memorial Day since its inauguration in 2001 and we are pleased and proud to hand over the day to day running of the Day to the Trustees, all of whom have shown unswerving commitment and dedication to this important event and all it stands for," said Government minister Paul Goggins.

"Holocaust Memorial Day has significance for our nation, not only because we remember those who fell victim to the Nazis, but also because it inspires and encourages us to act upon the lessons of the Holocaust and challenge intolerance and racism wherever we find it.”

Stephen Smith, Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said:

“The Trust is honoured that Her Majesty the Queen has agreed to be patron. Holocaust Memorial Day 2006 can teach us about individual responsibility and the ways in which individuals can make a difference. The real lesson is that even a small gesture can have an enormous impact.”