Monday, 27 January, 2014

The UK's commemorations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 were launched this morning at a ceremony at King's Cross Station in London.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, joined genocide survivors and other guests at the morning's events at one of Britain's biggest transport interchanges.

The theme for HMD 2014 is Journeys - reminding us of the forced journeys of those affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.  Every day thousands of people from all over the UK pass through King's Cross Station on their journeys.

Watch Nick Clegg's speech:

Holocaust survivor and Honorary President of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Ben Helfgott MBE, lit a memorial candle; watched by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Mayor of Camden, Holocaust survivor Sabina Miller, and survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda Eric Murangwa.

From left: The Mayor of Camden, Eric Murangwa, HMDT Honorary President Ben Helfgott OBE, Sabina Miller, HMDT Chief Executive Olivia Marks-Woldman, Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

The ceremony launched a day of activity for Holocaust Memorial Day at the station. Volunteers spent the morning speaking to people in the station and encouraging them to sign a pledge to 'take a step' for HMD. Exhibitions on the Kindertransport were displayed by the Wiener Library and the Jewish Museum. Performances were held by local arts organisation PAN Intercultural Arts.

Today's events were held jointly by HMDT, Camden Council, the Jewish Museum, PAN Intercultural Arts, and the Wiener Library; and were kindly assisted by Network Rail and the Great Northern Hotel.