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Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

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Holocaust Memorial Day

We observe Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January in memory of the 6 million Jews and countless members of other minorities that were brutally murdered in the Holocaust.

This year, we invite you to join us for a screening of Generation2Generation’s ‘Remembering the Children’, which explores this year’s Memorial theme of ‘Ordinary People’.

The event will include a period of reflection, brief interfaith and Jewish prayer, and lighting of candles.

We stand with the statement of commitment written by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust:

  • We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning.
  • We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s and community’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice.
  • We must make sure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences. We vow to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocides.
  • We value the sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil.
  • We recognise that humanity is still scarred by the belief that race, religion, disability or sexuality make some people’s lives worth less than others’. Genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue. We have a shared responsibility to fight these evils.
  • We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocides. We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt.
  • We will continue to encourage Holocaust remembrance by organising an activity to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. We condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free, respectful, and democratic society.

This statement is published on behalf of the community of scholars at Girton.