The following message from Her Majesty The Queen is printed in the official programme booklet to accompany commemorative events in the United Kingdom. The Queen is Patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
Today’s UK Commemorative Event for Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
The event is the start of commemorations throughout this anniversary year as we remember all those affected: those who died, those who have rebuilt their lives in Britain, and the rescuers and liberators who took great risks to assist and save their fellow human beings.
Many refugees and survivors of the camps and ghettoes found a home in the United Kingdom and have given us their energy and commitment.
This year’s theme asks us all to do what we can to keep alive the memories of those who suffered during the Holocaust.
As Patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust I send my warmest wishes to you all, especially survivors and their families, whose contributions to the United Kingdom are deeply valued.