Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual event in the U.K. commemorating the communities who suffered as a result of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. Activities and events take place throughout the week leading up to the national event. The Queen is the patron of the charity that organises the event, which is funded by the British government's Home Office.
Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January. This date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, seen as a powerful symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust. The camp was liberated by Red Army soldiers commanded by Marshal Ivan Konev.