Today, 27 January, is Holocaust Memorial Day, which marks the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in 1945, and is the 69th anniversary for Auschwitz.
The date for the annual commemoration was chosen because of its significance in Holocaust history and now the day remembers the victims of the Nazi genocide of six million Jews, 2 million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexuals and millions of others. The day also commemorates the victims of genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Commemorative events across the country were held today and Prince Minister David Cameron hosting a reception at Downing Street and Nick Clegg joined survivors of the Holocaust and more recent genocides to light a candle of remembrance at King’s Cross station in central London. Apparently Prince Minister David Cameron is also staging a Downing Street reception to mark the event.
The UK's chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis also delivered an assembly at Copthall School in Barnet, north London.
Forces War Records have transcribed ‘The British Jewry Book of Honour’, making thousands of Jewish military service records available for online ancestry searches. The book lists over 50,000 Jewish servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWI by giving their lives.