Holocaust Memorial Day marked across the Channel Islands

A view of Auschwitz camp Credit: PA Images

Ceremonies will be held across the Channel Islands to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today.

At Jersey's Memorial Tapestry people will gather to remember the 21 islanders who died at the hands of the Nazi regime.

The theme of this year's ceremony is 'Torn From Home', acknowledging the estimated 1,300 people from Guernsey and Jersey who were sent to prison for acts of protest, defiance or resistance during the Occupation.

Of them around 250 islanders were sent on to Nazi prisons or concentration camps.

Screenwriter and actress Jenny Lecoat will be speaking at the ceremony. Jenny made a film telling the story of her great aunt Louisa Gould, who was sent to a concentration camp for harbouring an escaped Russian slave.

Louisa died in Ravensbruck in 1945, two months before the camp was liberated, and is remembered on a plaque at St. Ouen's Parish Hall.

In Guernsey, the lives of three Jewish women will be remembered at White Rock.

Auguste Spitz, Marianne Grunfeld and Therese Steiner died during the Holocaust after being deported to Auschwitz .