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Today is Yom Hashoah, the Jewish community’s Holocaust Memorial Day. Its date was chosen as the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Yom Hashoah is marked annually on its anniversary going by its Hebrew date, 27th Nisan. The day is marked by the lighting of candles in memory of the 6 million Jews and others who were victims of the Holocaust, as well as short services or ceremonies of remembrance and moments of silence.

On this day, we at CCJ honour the memory of all those who died in the Holocaust and were victims of Nazi antisemitism, persecution and violence. We have seen the consequences of policies and prejudices that divide and dehumanise people and we will continue to work towards a society that is cohesive and strengthened by its diversity. We add our voices and prayers to all those engaged in acts of memorial today, and hope that such tragedies never occur again.