Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s Digital Vigil Honors Genocide Victims with Nationwide Candle Display

London, UK – The significance of holding a “digital vigil” to remember the millions of innocent men, women, and children murdered in genocides was emphasized by Dr. Rachel Century, deputy chief executive at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. In an interview with PA, she stressed the importance of remembering those who were killed because of their faith, and the need to stand up for a better future. This sentiment was reflected in the lighting up of iconic outdoor advertising sites across the UK, including The Piccadilly Lights, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday at 8 pm.

As part of the annual “Light the Darkness” national moment organized by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, 400 OOH sites simultaneously showed thousands of candles being lit. The total of 6 million candles appeared nationwide, representing the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. The display of lit candles, comprising a 10-minute vigil, served as a poignant reminder of the lives lost during one of the darkest periods in history.

The tribute extended beyond just honoring the victims of the Holocaust, as the candle vigil also symbolized remembrance for all those murdered in genocides. This inclusive act of remembrance aimed to raise awareness and inspire a commitment to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future.

The annual commemoration also saw famous British buildings and landmarks illuminated in purple, serving as a visual testament to the collective remembrance and determination to create a brighter and more tolerant world. Such acts of remembrance not only pay tribute to the victims, but also serve as a call to action to stand against hatred and intolerance in all its forms.

Dr. Century’s words resonate deeply, urging for a united front in remembering the past to shape a better future. The digital vigil and the lighting up of landmarks serve as powerful symbols of solidarity and hope, reminding us of the importance of standing up against persecution and injustice in all its manifestations.