Holocaust memorial ceremony takes place today

Michael D. Higgins recently released a statement to mark the ceremony

Holocaust memorial ceremony takes place today

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Victims of the Holocaust will be remembered at a special ceremony in Dublin today.

Friday marked the official International Holocaust Memorial Day - an event which aims to both honour those killed under the Nazi regime - and prevent future genocide.

A Holocaust charity said that now it's more important than ever that we learn from the atrocities committed during World War II. 

The ceremony comes on a weekend where Donald Trump has banned refugees from entering the US and suspended admission of people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Six candles will be lit for the six million Jews who died at the commemoration in the Mansion House this evening.

President Higgins on the ceremony

President Michael D. Higgins released a statement this morning to mark the ceremony taking place later today.  

He said "Today, on Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the victims of the Nazi Holocaust - the millions of innocent men, women and children who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or their religious beliefs.

"On this day we pause and remember the atrocities committed in that short space of time in the middle of the 20th century, as we remember the unspeakable horror unleashed on millions of people under a regime built on fear, hatred, prejudice and convulsive cruelty.

"In remembering, we are inviting each other to pay heed to the small and dwindling number of powerful voices of those who experienced and survived the Holocaust in person. Voices that implore us to never forget, and to learn the lessons history teaches us."

Lynn Jackson from the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland says it's important that we remember the victims every year.