Holocaust Memorial Day

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Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a day of events that takes place on the 27th January each year.

It was created on the 27th January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research. At the end of this meeting, all attendees signed a declaration committing to preserve the memory of those who were murdered during the Holocaust.

You can read the full statement of commitment here.

Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a national UK event and over 3,600 local activities taking place on or around the 27th January each year.

The 27th January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

The 27th January is the day when people remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed in Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in CambodiaRwandaBosnia, and Darfur.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust encourages people to organise events around the UK to honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today.

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.
We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.

HMD activity organisers bring together the diverse strands of their communities to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in their neighbourhoods. This is a real demonstration of how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that everyone works together to create a safer, better future.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is a registered in England (no. 1109348). Address: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, PO Box 61074, London SE1 5BX

Click here if you would like to find out how you can get involved!

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust employ regional support workers around the UK that you can contact here.

And you can find out about London events here!