AN ONLINE service of reflection will be held next week to remember millions of people who were murdered in the Holocaust and genocides around the world.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo, will host the service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday at 11am.

January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

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The virtual event, which is open to those of faith or none, will be held on the council's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

The service normally takes place in the Oxford Town Hall. It will be held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The national theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year is 'Be the light in the darkness'.

It aims to encourage people to reflect on the 'depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to be the light before, during and after genocide'.

Mr Lygo said: “The virtual service to commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January gives us all the opportunity to reflect on the past and to ensure that we stand up for those who are persecuted or subjected to racial hatred, we can all be the light in the darkness.”

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