Thousands of people from the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe will come together in their country’s respective shrines to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Auschwitz is well-known for being the “heart” of the holocaust, which had killed millions of lives in the name of unethical research during WWII. 2015’s Holocaust Memorial Day marks the camp’s 70th year of liberation.
The event will be attended by senior politicians, dignitaries and religious leadrs. Survivors of the holocaust will also be joining the national commemoration in central London.
Around 70 candles created by Sculptor Anish Kapoor will be lit across the United Kingdom. The candles represent each year the Nazi concentration camp in Poland had been liberated.
One of these candles will also be lit at Auschwitz itself.
Meanwhile, all over the UK, events would be held in Shetland, Outer Hebrides, Truro and Northern Ireland and Wales. Authorities estimate that 1,000 guests will attend the event in Central London.
Guests will be hearing speeches, watch actual documentation of the Nazi camp.
Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is ‘keep the memory alive’. It is vital that we all remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past and honour those who survived. On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember for a purpose, we learn from the past and consider how we can help build a better future.”