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Commemorating the Holocaust

Published on Tuesday, 26th January 2021

The city’s key civic institutions will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, 27 January.

This is an annual event to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, as well as the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Due to the Covid pandemic, this event will not be able to take place in person, but will be available to view on the day from 2pm here.

The service will feature a number of presentations and case studies, including powerful testimonies from survivors of genocide. Our keynote speeches this year are from Rabbi Roderick Young, and Dr Fiona Haworth, Associate Priest at St Peter Mancroft Church. Councillor Vaughan Thomas, the Lord Mayor of Norwich, will also make a speech reflecting upon the theme of this year’s event.

The theme of this year’s national commemoration is ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’, which encourages us to reflect on how we can play our individual part in combatting the prejudice and hate that may surround us.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to honour the survivors of these atrocities and use the lessons of their experience to challenge hatred and discrimination today.

To find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day, visit