Holocaust Memorial Day marked

A number of events are being held throughout the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today (27 January). People across the nation will be using the event to remember the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides.

It is hoped the day will provide an opportunity for individuals to look back at the past and learn lessons going forward, enabling them to help create a better and safer future.

Among the planned happenings up and down the country include a number of activities in London, such as Croydon's Holocaust Memorial Day, the Holocaust Memorial Day Reflective Service in Westminster and Southwark Speaks Up, Speaks Out in the Borough of Southwark.

Other gatherings around the UK include a candle lighting ceremony and film screening in Manchester, a Quartet for the End of Time event in Edinburgh and a memorial service in Liverpool.

The day is likely to be an emotional one and should provide a fitting opportunity for those wishing to pay their respects and a chance to remember those who lost their lives as a result of genocide.

Ellen Goudsmit, Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, stated: "If we don't remember what happened and how it happened, it may happen again. How many people since 1945 learnt the warning signs? 

"If you don't learn from your past [and] most of us haven't, hence the genocides since the second world war (Cambodia, Ruanda, Darfur).

"We teach children now to recognise the warning signs that they are being groomed by paedophiles. We should do the same to recognise the efforts by extremists to protect their potential victims. And that could be any group. Man is capable of great cruelty and we need to get past the denial and confront it.

"If you look, you can see warning signs in several places in the world. That's why it's vital that as psychologists, we continue to analyze in order to understand and become familiar with the current ways used to manipulate."