27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps. Each year, those who lost their lives in the Holocaust, and in other genocides, are commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day.
This year, The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, recorded a message to open the 2021 virtual Holocaust Memorial Day event.
As I speak, the last generation of living witnesses is tragically passing from this world, so the task of bearing witness falls to us.
His Royal Highness has been Patron of the Trust since 2015. Last year, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, he attended the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, whilst The Duchess of Cornwall attended commemorations in Poland.
In April 2020, The Prince of Wales paid tribute to Holocaust survivors and refugees on Yom HaShoah, the annual day for Jewish Holocaust Remembrance.
The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Holocaust survivors Zigi Shipper and Manfred Goldberg about their experiences and memories of the Holocaust. Both men frequently share their testimonies with young people across the country through the Holocaust Educational Trust's Outreach Programme.
To find out more about how the learnings of the Holocaust are being passed on to younger generations, Her Royal Highness also had a video call with young ambassadors Farah Ali and Maxwell Horner about the impact of visiting the camps and speaking to survivors.
For anyone wanting to find out more about the Holocaust, there is a wealth of resources available on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's website.