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Holocaust Memorial Day

Michael Rosen and Eva Clarke

Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the millions of people who died during the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

It is held every year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

We commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day every year with a civic ceremony on the Sunday closest to 27 January.

This year we have also commissioned HistoryWorks to run a programme of commemorative events. These will include a performance of a new poem by Michael Rosen (pictured above left), called Light in the Darkness, and a series of talks.

Civic ceremony

This year’s civic ceremony will takes place from 5 to 6pm on Sunday 31 January. The theme is ‘Be the light in the darkness – voices of hope’.

The ceremony will be recorded in advance and made available online. It will remain online afterwards.

The ceremony will be led by Michael Rosen and Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke (pictured above right).

It will feature songs, poetry and drama, including a newly commissioned piece by Michael Rosen. Students from local schools have created some of the pieces with Eva Clarke, Michael Rosen and historian Helen Weinstein. These will be inspired by and interspersed by readings from survivor testimonies and campaigners for social justice.

We suggest that the ceremony will be suitable for children aged 11 and older, if they watch it with their parents or carers.

If you would like to participate in the ceremony, please have a candle ready to light at home for the duration of the ceremony. You can share a photograph of your candle on social media using the hashtag #HMD2021Cambridge.