Holocaust survivors urged Britain's communities today to come together to build a more cohesive and just society on the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
The Holocaust Memorial Trust published a survey showing that three in five people rarely or never socialise with people in their local community.
Trust president and Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott said people in Britain must come together as he lit candles on London's Millennium Bridge in one of 1,500 memorials taking place this week.
British teachers echoed his call, with NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates saying that we should work to stamp out racism in schools and celebrate "the benefits we call gain from living in a multicultural society where human rights are respected and all sections of society are valued for the contribution they make to our shared way of life."
today's memorials also remembered the victims of other genocides.
Musician Jean Paul Samputu, whose family was killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has taken his campaign for forgiveness to Scotland this week.
Following a number of school visits, Mr Samputu will speak at a public event in Glasgow tonight.
And a week-long exhibition at the Welsh Assembly about the lives of Jews who sought refuge in Wales from the nazis finished today.