Holocaust Memorial Day being marked today
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is commemorating the lives of innocent people lost to holocaust and genocide on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) today.
The day was first held in 2001, with 27 January chosen as the date to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945 by the Soviet Union.
The charity aims to make the world a safer, better place for people to live harmoniously in the future and hopes to spread those key themes through its dedicated day.
For HMD 2014, the charity is asking all people to show their support by marking 27 January and helping to create a positive future.
Each year HMD is the time for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and Syria.
HMD will honour the survivors of these genocides and challenge people to use the lessons of their experiences to inform and appreciate how valuable life is.
With atrocities still being committed across the globe; and discrimination, hatred and prejudice still scarring communities in the United Kingdom, the need to learn from the past is clear.