Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on the 27th January when people come together to remember the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and to use the lessons of the past to create a safer, better future.
The theme for HMD 2018 is the power of words and how they can make a difference for both good and evil.
As Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 5 April, 1944:
'I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I am so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s in me. When I write I can shake off all my cares; my sorrow disappears; my spirits are revived.'
Churches and organisations can get help, support and ideas packs to commemorate this day.
Your local contact is Rosie Crook - regional support worker in Yorkshire and Humberside for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust - you can contact her at email@example.com or call her on 0774 0733318
Bradford University Chaplaincy marks Holocaust Memorial Day
At Bradford University, Holocaust Memorial Day is being marked with a peace vigil in the Peace Gardens just outside the Chaplaincy Office , starting at 1.00pm. Words will be spoken around the theme “The power of words” , along with poems and prayers remembering the Holocaust and victims of genocide ever since.
"There will be silence, the lighting of candles and an opportunity to write words and leave them as a witness to the vigil, tied to a tree in the Peace garden, " says Chaplain, the Revd Andrew Howorth. "We have no Jewish Society here at the University, but our hope is that this event will encourage people of all faiths to reflect on how we relate to each other and to the wider world."