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7 celebrities marking Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on January 27 every year

Tania Leslau
Lifestyle Writer
27 January 2023
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Between 1941 and 1945, six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis. These years shook the foundations of civilization and each year is marked by Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place on January 27.

Many Jewish and non-Jewish celebrities, royals and politicians come together to observe the moving day. Well-known faces meet with Holocaust survivors to discuss their harrowing stories in the hope that such horror never occurs again.

See below which celebrities have participated in the emotional marking of Holocaust Memorial Day.

King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort

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King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort spoke to genocides survivors after lighting up the candles to mark Holocaust Memorial Day during an audience at Buckingham Palace.

Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley and Holocaust survivor Martin Stern handed out candles on Holocaust Memorial Day in Piccadilly.

Rachel Riley

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Rachel Riley spoke with Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis MBE about explaining the events of World War Two to her children and the cultural impact of the film Schindler's List.

Jason Isaacs

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Actor Jason Isaacs read a letter written by Chaim Herman in November 1944 to his wife and child. The letter was discovered buried in the gas chamber remains after the war.

Josh Gad

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Broadway star Josh Gad marked Holocaust Memorial Day by sharing his own family's story with fans. Josh detailed his grandfather Joseph Greenblatt's experience during the war and imprisonment in Auschwitz. He wrote: "On this #holocaustmemorialday I ask that you take a second and watch the video in my Bio. #IfYouHeardWhatIHeard you might be inspired to take action and stand up against the rising tide of hate. We must all #neverforget @ifyouheardwhatiheard."

Eyal Booker

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Former Love Island star Eyal Booker sat down to speak with Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE. Speaking of her experience, Mala said: "This must never be forgotten, because if we forget, they will have won."

Keir Starmer

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Labour politician Keir Starmer spoke with Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke MBE to hear her family's story.

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, HELLO! spoke with Holocaust survivor Ruth Posner BEM about her experiences during the war. Born in Warsaw in 1930 to secular Jewish parents, Ruth began her extraordinary life under an increasing veil of antisemitism.

RUTH'S STORY: Holocaust survivor Ruth Posner on wartime horrors, hiding and hope

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the 93-year-old has partnered with Holocaust Educational Trust to share her story in the hope that current and future generations never forget the horror of the Shoah – especially in the wake of rising antisemitism.

To learn more about Holocaust Memorial Day and Ruth's story, please visit

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