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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. 27 January is the international day to remember the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

27 January is used to mark Holocaust Memorial Day because it marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

On Holocaust Memorial Day we will release a video of Mayor of Chippenham,, who will mark the day, which we share on our social media channels on  27 January. In the video, the Mayor will light a candle to remember all those people around the world who have been the victim of genocide. We will light an electronic candle on the morning of 27 January and it will stay lit for 24 hours. The candle can be found in the window of the Town Hall.