To reflect this year’s theme of Speak Up, Speak Out, he urged people to “speak up whenever they see suffering and persecution”.
Nick Clegg said:
Today is a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust, the millions of lives destroyed, the communities shattered in the darkest chapter of European history.
On this day we also remember the genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
Above all it is a time when survivors speak about their suffering and I hugely admire their courage in relieving the terrible events they endured.
And it is a day to act. To ask what we can do to spread their message and to speak out whenever we see suffering and persecution in the world.
I would like to pay tribute to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and all the community groups across the country who are arranging their own services and events. It is only thanks to their hard work and determination that Holocaust Memorial Day is such a powerful memorial and a beacon of hope to future generations.