Sunday, January 27, 2013
We have a Memorial Day in the UK today for victims of the Holocaust.
Special services were held to commemorate and one was in the Borough of Havant in Hampshire. The Lord Mayor, (Mayoress) attended and also a representative from the gypsy community. Scouts and young people were also attending.
There were readings and silence for the victims. It was not just for WW2, but for all victims throughout history who had suffered Genocides or massacres.
The day itself, 27th January, was chosen because it is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Liberated by the Soviet Troups 68 years ago today in 1945.
"International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January, is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 2 million Gypsies (Roma and Sinti), 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "
Please read the page for information about the day and then click on the Wikipedia Commons link below the photo on the right of the page. There is information about Germans, Jews Gypsies etc and the concentration camps.
I hope you find this as interesting as I did!
We have to remind ourselves that Genocide is still taking place in some parts of the World today.