Events take place in London for Holocaust Memorial Day

08:00 26 January 2013

A book of commitment was signed by David Cameron at 10 Downing Street ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day. Picture: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

A book of commitment was signed by David Cameron at 10 Downing Street ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day. Picture: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

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Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked with a series of events across London over the weekend and the coming days.

Plays and services will take place in various boroughs on and around January 27 to mark 68 years since the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp.

Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 in what became known as The Holocaust.

This year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has launched its series of events under the theme of Communities: Build a Bridge, in memory of those who have also died in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan.

Selected London highlights include the I Will exhibition, which is part of the Jewish East End Extravaganza, a festival at Rich Mix in Shoreditch celebrating the history of the east end.

Taking place until tomorrow, it will feature an exhibition, theatre performances, film, and art installation and a free family festival.

Later today, the Children’s Poet Laureate Michael Rosen and John Rose will present Persecution and Resistance at Bookmarks on Bloomsbury Street.

Tomorrow, a production depicting the occasion will take place at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, poetry, dance and drama, or, people are able to view an open rehearsal of The Judgement at Nuremberg in Kentish Town, from around 4pm. The full play will run from March 20 to 23.

The music and poetry of Victor Ullmann can be heard at the London Jewish Synagogue in St John’s Wood tomorrow. The event is arranged in tribute to the composer, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.

Islington’s National Holocaust Day Memorial Day Commemoration at Islington Town Hall on Monday will hear from two genocide survivors and will comprise a panel discussion chaired by the Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.

Click the links below for a full list of what is taking place and where.

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