Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the 27th January each year and is intended to help us remember and become aware of the impact of Holocausts, past and present. It is a time when people can express their hope and support for the end of war and their sorrow for people’s dreadful treatment of their fellow human beings.  It enables us to look ahead and consider what contribution we can make towards helping those affected to rebuild their lives.

Derby City has a proud history of supporting refugees and asylum seekers fleeing from atrocities. We have provided safety to refugees from Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Kosovo in the 90s through to more recent refugees from countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Iraq, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

In the past 150 years, tens of millions of men, women and children have lost their lives in genocide or mass atrocities.  We must learn, remember and take action to end genocide once and for all.

Across Derby a range of events and activities will be taking place and we hope you will join us in marking this day.  For further information and to see what is happening locally please visit the Derby Holocaust Memorial website.

A Civic Reception was also held at the Council House to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with special guest Mr Ihor Kyzym, Minister Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission at the Ukraine Embassy attending.

You can view some photos from the reception in the gallery below.

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