Some 600 candles in the shape of the Star of David have been lit for a commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day at York Minster, one of hundreds of events taking place across the country this week.

On Wednesday, CUFI was guest at a Commemoration at the Foreign Commonwealth Office, where over 200 guests representing 80 countries attended.

At the event, Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Ambassador Regev, said: “The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘How can life go on?’ It reminds us that we must not only commemorate the six million Jews who were murdered, but that we must stand with those who, against all the odds, succeeded in surviving the horrors of those terrible years”.

Professor Bauer, a Holocaust scholar and Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the Holocaust as an unprecedented genocide and urged everyone to work to ensure that it is not a precedent for further genocides.

Meanwhile, Sir Erick Pickles MP, explained how it is important to recognise that the some of the same tensions that existed prior to World War II exists now and how it is possible to be opposed to racism yet still anti-Semitic. See his speech below:

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