Events to remember the Holocaust

Thousands of people will gather at events around the globe tomorrow to remember the millions killed in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides.

Senior politicians, dignitaries and religious leaders will join survivors in London for a commemorative event, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin is on his first official visit to the US, where he will address a UN session marking 70 years since the end of the Holocaust.

During the five-day trip, Rivlin will be in New York to address a UN Special Assembly on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Meanwhile, an Auschwitz survivor has spoken of his “fear” following the attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris. Ivor Perl, who was just 12 when he arrived at the notorious concentration camp in 1944 with his parents and eight siblings, said at first it felt like he was “going on an adventure” but that feeling “ended very, very soon”.

Mr Perl, 82, said not enough is being done to reassure Jewish communities fearing anti-Semitic attacks.

Originally from Hungary, Mr Perl, who lives in Buckhurst Hill in Essex, said it is a situation he is “not too happy with”.

He told Jewish community leaders there would be “lessons to learn” from the atrocity in Paris as he acknowledged concerns over safety.

Four hostages were killed by Amedy Coulibaly at a Jewish supermarket in attacks timed to follow the massacre of 12 people by Said and Cherif Kouachi at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.


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