Leaders and royals attend UK Holocaust Memorial Day service

Published by Scott Challinor on January 28th 2020, 7:00am

Tuesday evening saw several senior royals, faith leaders and politicians attend Westminster for the UK commemoration of International Holocaust Memorial Day, 75 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the attendees, alongside UK prime minister Boris Johnson. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, were also present.

The UK commemoration honoured survivors of the Holocaust and those persecuted by the Nazis, as well as acts of genocide which took place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The event coincided with another memorial at Auschwitz itself, where around 200 Holocaust survivors were thought to have attended, along with numerous other world leaders.

Johnson told attendees at Central Hall, Westminster, that he felt a “deep sense of shame” at the anti-Semitism that still exists in the UK.

He added: “I know that I carry a responsibility as prime minister to do everything possible to stamp it out”, denouncing "a growing number of anti-Semites" who deny that the Holocaust took place.

The UK government has already announced that it will make a donation of £1 million toward preserving the Auschwitz site, and Johnson has now given his backing to proposals for a National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre to be built near Parliament.

The prime minister said that the construction of the memorial will help fulfil a personal vow to “preserve the truth” of the Holocaust and its atrocities "forever".

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