On the morning of 27 January 1945 the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps still held some 7,000 prisoners. Over a million people deported to Auschwitz perished there. It is estimated that six million Jews were exterminated in the death camps.
The Council of Europe was the moving spirit behind the introduction of a Day of Holocaust Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity. Education ministers from member states took the decision in October 2002. While Germany and France have chosen 27 January, the day when Auschwitz was liberated, Holocaust Day varies in other countries according to the respective historical experience.
The Council of Europe also helps teachers with their Holocaust Remembrance Day preparations by making available teaching material for raising pupil awareness of those dark times and exploring the topics of genocide and crimes against humanity so as to promote prevention, understanding, tolerance, and friendship between nations, races and religions.
Holocaust Memorial Day
Sun 28 January
Leeds Town Hall 2pm
Join the Lord Mayor of Leeds¬†and hundreds of local people¬†for an afternoon of commemoration in¬†response to the Holocaust Memorial Day¬†theme ‚ÄėThe Power of Words‚Äô.
The event remembers the millions who were¬†murdered in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution¬†and subsequent genocides in Cambodia,¬†Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.¬†With a keynote speech by the Cambodian¬†Ambassador, Her Excellency Dr Rathchavy¬†Soeung, music performed by members of¬†the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and¬†a performance by Northern School of¬†Contemporary Dance‚Äôs Youth Dance Company.¬†There will also be a reading of the seven¬†statements of commitments with candle¬†lighting and a traditional Hebrew memorial¬†prayer sung by the President of Bradford¬†Synagogue, Rudi Leavor, BEM.
Free and open to all