Holocaust Memorial Day 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011Each year on 27th January the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). HMD has been held in the UK since 2001 and the United Nations declared this an international event in November 2005. 27th January was chosen as the date for HMD because it was on this date in 1945 that the largest Nazi killing camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.
Hundreds of events will take place across the country, some at Reform synagogues and communities. Visit the Holocaust Memorial Day website for a full list of planned events.
The Salisbury Jewish Community, which is supported by the Movement for Reform Judaism will be holding this event with the wider local community on Thursday 27th January.
At West London Synagogue building on the theme of National Holocaust Memorial Day, 'Untold Stories', Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers and Fiyaz Mughal, OBE from Faith Matters will lead an evening of amazing, poignant and enriching stories, reflections and conversation.
Middlesex New Synagogue are taking part in this event which involves the whole community in the London Borough of Brent.
National Holocaust Memorial Day has the object of focussing on the Holocaust and other genocides together as a society. The Jewish community has been very involved with this at national and local level, but Yom HaShoah is the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day and it still remains very important for the Jewish community.
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