Time to reflect on Holocaust Memorial Day

Published on 18 January 2017

THE MILLIONS of people killed in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur will be remembered in Leicester next week.

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked on Wednesday, January 25, at an event at the University of Leicester.

This year's event, entitled ‘How Can Life Go On?’, takes place at the Fraser Noble Hall on University Road from 7pm.

The evening will include an address by Professor Aubrey Newman, former director of the university’s Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and representatives of a young people’s panel, who will talk about their plans to visit Auschwitz.

There will be readings from the winners of a schools’ poetry competition and music from students at English Martyrs Catholic School and Rabbi Mark Solomon.

Guests will include dignitaries from across Leicester and Leicestershire, including the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Stephen Corrall.

"The annual Holocaust Memorial event is an important opportunity for us to remember the victims of genocide,” he said.

"We must never forget these terrible atrocities and must make sure that we, and future generations, learn from the past and work together for a safer, better future for everyone.”

Leicester’s Holocaust Memorial Day event is open to all. 

The event has been organised by the Holocaust Memorial Committee, which includes representatives of Leicester City Council, the Leicester Council of Faiths, and the university's Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

More information is available from Tony Nelson, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day committee, at tonynelson32000@yahoo.co.uk

General information about Holocaust Memorial Day – which is nationally commemorated on 27 January each year – is available at www.hmd.org.uk