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Time to reflect on Holocaust Memorial Day

Published on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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 Sunday, January 28 at an event at the University of Leicester. This year's event – with the theme ‘The Power of Words’ – takes place in 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 presentations by representatives of a young people’s panel, who will talk about their visit to Auschwitz.


There will be music from students at English Martyrs’ Catholic School and a Zimbabwean Choir.


Guests will include dignitaries from across Leicester and Leicestershire, including the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton, and the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Rashmikant Joshi.


"The annual Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for us to remember the suffering and loss caused by these atrocities,” he said.


"We must never forget these terrible events and it is vital that we 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 about the event is available from Tony Nelson on 0116 271 5603.


General information about national Holocaust Memorial Day – which is commemorated on 27 January each year – is available at