HOLOCAUST Memorial Day is being commemorated on Sunday, January 27.

There are more than 11,000 events planned across the country to remember all those affected by the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution, as well as genocides which have taken place more recently in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

As well as remembering what happened, the day highlights ways to take positive action and make sure they can never happen again.

Among the events is one to be hosted by Bradford Council on Friday, January 25, on the theme Torn from Home which aims to highlight the plight of those who have also suffered from genocide and displacement due to conflict.

Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation and has implications for us all. Without a basic understanding of this recent history, we are in danger of failing to learn where a lack of respect for difference and hostility to others can ultimately lead.”

“With a rise in reported hate crime in the UK and ongoing international conflicts at risk of genocide, our world can feel fragile and vulnerable. We cannot be complacent.

“Each of us has a responsibility to know what happened. Thankfully, more people than ever before are taking part in our annual commemorations to learn lessons from genocide and help create a better future.”

For more information on this year’s events, go to www.hmd.org.uk.