Visit Redcar & Cleveland College to see a display of posters focusing on this year’s theme - The Power Of Words - as well as Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Also on display are life stories of Albrecht Becker, an actor and production designer, arrested, put on trial and imprisoned for being gay, and Johann 'Rukeli' Trollmann, a popular German Sinto (Gypsy) boxer, discriminated against, marginalised, sterilised and finally deported to Neuengamme concentration camp.
Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own; it is a steady process which can begin if discrimination and hatred are not challenged and prevented.
From Exeter to Aberdeen, Belfast to Brighton, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked by thousands of people here in the UK. By pausing together to reflect on the appalling events of the past, those who mark HMD commit themselves to creating a safer, better future.