Monday, 6 October, 2014
The BBC will broadcast the Holocaust Memorial Day UK Commemorative Event on 27 January 2015.
On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the largest and most notorious Nazi death camp, hundreds of the remaining survivors of the Holocaust will gather in central London to remember and share their stories of suffering and hope. They will be joined by leading political and religious figures at a ceremony with the theme of Keep the memory alive.
The event is the focus for the UK’s commemoration, and is just one of over 2,400 local activities taking place across the country to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, with people from all walks of life coming together in civic halls, public spaces, libraries, cinemas, workplaces, schools and universities to share the day’s message of equality, respect and understanding. A ceremony will also take place at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of HMDT said:
‘We are delighted that the BBC will be ensuring that Holocaust Memorial Day is marked by the widest possible audience. On 27 January we honour the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and challenge ourselves to learn important lessons from their experiences in order to create a safer, better future. The fact that genocide, antisemitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue demonstrates the ongoing need for us all to play our part and to act in our local communities to keep the memory alive and prevent genocide happening in the future.’
The UK Commemorative Event will be part a range of programmes the BBC will be screening to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps. Danny Cohen, the BBC’s Director of Television said:
‘The liberation of the camps is a very significant anniversary which the BBC will mark with a range of thought-provoking programmes. Alongside new documentaries and drama from acclaimed performers and producers , the BBC will re-show Shoah in full and provide coverage of the Holocaust Memorial Day Event.’