Holocaust Memorial Day each 27 January marks a day of remembrance throughout the world and it has now been held in the UK since 2001.
The day is all about remembering those who were victims of the holocaust and how their lives were brutally changed by Nazi persecution.
It also acts as a day of remembrance for more recent genocides in places like Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The date of 27 January was chosen as it is the same date that Aushwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, was liberated in 1945.
The theme for 2016 was “Don’t stand by”. You can check the official website for more details and you can also download the theme vision.
On the memorial day we can remember those whose lives were changed by learning from these past mistakes and organising local events to inform people and remember the importance of standing up against hatred, discrimination and persecution.
From lighting a candle, to arranging a whole host of activities in your area, you can find out more about what kind of events you can hold at the Holocaust Memorial Day website. There are information packs and lots of resources available to ensure that we all remember the past and promote diversity, harmony and equality between communities.