Birmingham will be commemorating National Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 27th January.

Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions as well as other worldwide genocides, and as such provides a significant opportunity to learn lessons and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. 

There will be individual testimony, candle lighting, film, prayers, and music from Kirsty Robinson and The Singers Hill Youth Orchestra.

Students from Bordesley Green Girls School will reflect on what Holocaust Memorial Day means to them.

The Young Poet Laureate Aliyah Begum will read a specially commissioned poem for the event, and Courtenay Harris and Hannelore Napier will speak of their experiences as Holocaust Survivors.
The ceremony will be held in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House, and is free. 

Doors open at 1.00pm, and visitors will be invited to light a candle of remembrance before the start of the ceremony. 

The ceremony begins at 2pm and concludes at 3.30pm.

Refreshments will be available from the Drawing Room prior to the event. 

The ceremony will be led by The Lord Mayor of Birmingham and compered by Cllr. Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities.

For more information regarding Holocaust Memorial Day visit www.hmd.org.uk