Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions and other worldwide genocides. The day provides a significant opportunity to learn lessons and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.
This year the theme is KEEP THE MEMORY ALIVE. This years marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. It is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory. To mark the day are poems from Birmingham’s Poet Laureate, Adrian Blackledge and Birmingham’s Young Poet Serena Arthur.
Birmingham will be commemorating National Holocaust Memorial Day on 25 January 2015. The ceremony will be held in Birmingham’s Town Hall, and is free. Doors open at 1.30pm, when members of the public will be invited to light a candle of remembrance.The ceremony will be led by The Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Visit the Birmingham City Council website for more information.