This year’s event was particularly poignant as it marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland.
The event also remembered the tragic loss of life as a result of subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur and Bosnia.
County council charman, Pam Posnett MBE, and Louise Richardson, cabinet member for equalities, hosted the event and welcomed guests, including Professor Aubrey Newman, of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, who delivered the keynote address.
The event also incorporated responses on behalf of Leicestershire County Council and the Leicestershire Inter Faith Forum, with honorary alderman Peter Lewis reciting a poem.
Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for people around the UK, regardless of their faith, age, ethnicity or identity, to learn about those affected by genocide and persecution. By doing so, we are able to recognise and work to prevent division and hate from defining people’s experience of our own communities.Person:Louise Richardson, lead member for equalities
Last year, 10,000 local activities took place across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, with events held in civic halls, public spaces, libraries, cinemas, workplaces, schools and universities.