Holocaust Memorial Day: King and Queen Consort light candles in remembrance of millions of victims | UK News
The King and Queen Consort lit candles on Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the six million Jews deliberately murdered by the Nazis in German-occupied Europe during World War II.
Holocaust The victims are remembered each year on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
The day is also used to mourn the millions of people who died as a result of Nazi persecution of other groups.
And the millions of other lives that were lost in subsequent genocides in later years in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur are also remembered.
Candles were lit across the UK at 4pm and a memorial was held in Piccadilly Circus, London.
There, thirty works of art were projected onto a digital billboard from people affected by the Holocaust, genocide, or identity persecution.
Photographs of genocide survivors taken by photographer Rankin were also presented. And the crowd, including the survivors, gathered to pay their respects.
Landmarks such as the London Eye, Perth Bridge and the Titanic Belfast were illuminated in purple later that day.
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At Buckingham Palace, Charles and Camilla met Dr. Martin Stern, who had been sent to Nazi concentration camps during World War II as a child.
After the candle-lighting ceremony, the king said: “I hope this will be one way to remember all those poor people who had to suffer such horrors for so many years and still suffer.”
Born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, Dr. Stern survived the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands and the Theresienstadt ghetto in northern Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic) after being taken away by officers when he was five years old.
His father died in a separate camp in 1945, and his mother died of an infection during childbirth in 1942.
Speaking of lighting candles, he said, “This is extremely important. The criminals would like us to just forget about it, go about other things, so that they calmly continue to commit their terrible crimes.
“Public lighting of a candle is a marker that prevents tyrants and state criminals from silently perpetuating their mass crimes.”
Warning about the “plague” of anti-Semitism
Dr. Stern warned against a “plague” of anti-Semitism in the UK.
“This is a plague, and it is very sinister, because without centuries of anti-Semitism, there would be no Nazism and the Holocaust,” he said.
“And the danger is that we are leading to a similar catastrophe.”
Charles and Camilla also met with Amuna Adam, a persecuted Fur survivor of the Darfur genocide in western Sudan, and representatives of the Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.
They discussed ongoing work to ensure that the lessons learned during the genocides are not forgotten.
Laura Marks, chairman of the Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, said: “The King has been able to offer us something to share with us is his interest in both the Holocaust and other genocides and the work he is doing. .”