THE theme for Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday is 'The power of words'.

During around 8,000 events across the country that day, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to reflect on the power of words, and how they were used in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, in propaganda to incite hatred, in slogans written in resistance, and in memoirs to record survivors’ experiences.

Holocaust Memorial Day is about remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

It is also about finding ways to make sure they can never happen again.

Recognising the power our words have is an important first step.

On Holocaust Memorial Day I ask you to choose to use your words for good.

For more information on how you can get involved with this year’s events, go to

Olivia Marks-Woldman Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust