Published On: Tue, Jan 27th, 2015 on 11:33 pm

Holocaust Memorial Day: West Yorkshire marks 70 years since Auschwitz liberation

Holocaust Memorial Day 70 Candles

Candles illuminate the number 70 in Bradford’s City Park.

Thousands have come together to remember those who were persecuted and murdered in the Holocaust and more recent genocides.

Events have taken place across the county, with people paying their respects with candlelit vigils and special ceremonies to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day 70 Candle LightersIt takes place on 27 January every year to remember those who have been killed or whose lives have been changed during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

It was 70 years ago on 27 January 1945 that the largest Nazi killing camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.

Survivors have been at the heart of Holocaust Memorial Day activities and have been sharing memories of their lives before, during and after genocides.

Locations in Halifax, Dewsbury and Leeds were also chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to light candles designed by internationally renowned sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor to represent 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

Her Majesty the Queen, who is Patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, sent a message to be printed in the official programme booklet to accompany commemorative events across the country.

She said: “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.”

This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia where over 8,000 people were killed.

More photographs were taken by our photographer/reporter at the Bradford candlelit event. They will be available to view and buy here.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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