Twelve years ago the UK held its first Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). The remembrance has since developed and victims of the Holocaust and other genocides are commemorated each year on or about 27 January.  This year's theme is: "Communities Together: Build A Bridge".

In Derby HMD was marked by a series of events led by the city's Mayor, Cllr Lisa Higginbottom, which was attended by a host of dignitaries. A civic reception, held in the Jacob Rivers VC Room at the newly re-built Council House, was hosted in honour of the Bosnian Ambassador, Mustafa Mujezinovic, and the AUGB's CEO, Fedir Kurlak, who were both invited to speak.

Commemorations continued with a meditation service held in the 14th century St Mary's Bridge Chapel and was followed by a stone setting memorial at the trees dedicated to Anne Frank and a former member of the Ukrainian community in Derby, Olha Nahlak, who from 1942 onwards sheltered 9 Jews from the Nazis.

A well attended and moving exhibition of genocides was opened at the Bosnia-Herzegovina Centre, with particular focus on the attrocities of the 1995-96 Bosnian genocide.

Two further special events to mark HMD 2012 took place in the evening with a Service of Commemoration, Remembrance and Hope being held at the Cathedral Church of All Saints and then a night of music, poetry and performance at Quad, in the Market Place which included a short presentation on the Holodomor and the participation of Derby's Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Hoverla.

The Holocaust Memorial Day was (extremely well!!!) organised by the Derby HMD Group, led by Emeritus Professor Jonathan Powers, and was a trully sincere and fitting tribute to the innocent victims of the world's XX century genocides.


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