“At every event to mark the day, people know more about the past, develop empathy for others and commit to taking action to create a better future,” said Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman.
(January 22, 2020 / JNS) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a commemorative ceremony on Monday held in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the city of Westminster, the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle reported.
Prince William will give a reading, and the couple will meet Holocaust survivors, as well as survivors of other genocides. The ceremony is held by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), of which Prince Charles is a supporter.
“Holocaust Memorial Day is particularly significant this year as we mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau,” said HMDT chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman. “The U.K. ceremony is the national focal point for more than 10,000 Holocaust Memorial Day activities, which are taking place in community settings from schools to libraries and from councils to prisons. At every event to mark the day, people know more about the past, develop empathy for others and commit to taking action to create a better future.”
Other members of the British royal family are also taking part in Holocaust commemorative ceremonies this month.
It was announced in December that Prince Charles will attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Jan. 23 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, while the Duchess of Cornwall will attend commemorations at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp on Monday.