Keeping the memory alive: Holocaust Memorial Day


An important date which brings us all together each year is Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.  Boroughs across London are planning events.

“HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to 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.”

This year is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau WWII death camp and also the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia.

There are plenty of imaginative resources to mark the theme for 2015 “Keep the memory alive” on the HMD website.

The HMD team is always very helpful to anyone planning a local event.  Get in touch with them for advice and visit their activity page here.

Build a bridge | Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

IMG_3611Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.  Many of us will be remembering those communities which were destroyed during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

London boroughs are holding events today, tomorrow and during the week.

You can find a list of events below, reproduced from the Holocaust Memorial Day website, which is full of excellent information and campaigning material.  Follow the links in the left column for details.  Let me know if you have an event to add.

The theme this year is Communities Together: Build a Bridge and everyone is asked to make links across communities and help to HMD_2013_Logo_Cyan_on_Black_jpeg_1create a safer, better future – and to register their action on the website.

Watch the Lessons Learnt? video below.

Portraits of Primo Levy Camden 10 January 2013 – 28 February 2013
Memorial and ‘Eight Stages’ Display Barking and Dagenham 21 January 2013 – 29 January 2013
I Will Art Installation Tower Hamlets 25 January 2013 – 27 January 2013
Jewish East End Extravaganza Shoreditch 25 January 2013 – 27 January 2013
Sutton Holocaust Memorial Day Event Sutton 27 January 2013, 10:30am
Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day 2013 Wembley 27 January 2013, 11:00am
Holocaust Memorial Day at the Jewish Museum London Camden 27 January 2013, 11:30am
Holocaust Memorial Day Service Romford 27 January 2013, 2:00pm
Young people’s production at the Broadway Theatre Catford 27 January 2013, 4:00pm
Open Rehearsal ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ Camden 27 January 2013, 4:00pm
Reflections on Communities Together: Build a Bridge Finchley 27 January 2013, 6:00pm
Music and Poetry of Viktor Ullmann at the LJS Westminster 27 January 2013, 7:00pm
Play – ‘The Good and The True’ Marylebone 27 January 2013, 7:00pm
HMD event in Redbridge Jewish Community Centre Ilford 27 January 2013, 7:30pm
Islington Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Islington 28 January 2013, 10:30am
Holocaust Memorial Day service Ilford 28 January 2013, 11:00am
Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 Croydon 28 January 2013, 11:30am
Holocaust Memorial Screening of ‘Sarah’s Key’ Barnet 28 January 2013, 6:30pm
Play – ‘The Good and The True’ Hampstead 28 January 2013, 8:00pm
Holocaust Memorial Day Hounslow 29 January 2013, 11:30am
‘I was a number… Memories of the Holocaust’ Camden 29 January 2013, 6:30pm
Social Media and Raising Awareness of the Holocaust Camden 29 January 2013, 7:00pm
Play – ‘The Good and The True’ Hampstead 29 January 2013 – 31 January 2013
Holocaust Memorial Day at the Human Rights Action Centre, London Shoreditch 30 January 2013, 6:30pm
Play – ‘The Good and The True’ Hampstead 03 February 2013, 3:30pm
‘Judgement At Nuremberg’ by Abby Mann City of London 20 March 2013 – 23 March 2013

“On 27 January 2012, we are asking you to consider what you see and hear around you . .

. . and to use your voices to Speak Up against hatred and discrimination.” Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Holocaust Memorial Day falls on 27th January each year – which is this Friday.  Use the memory of those whose voices were silenced (victims of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides) to Speak Out today.  HMD Trust has loads of info, stories, video clips & inspirational ideas for us all to use.

Birkenau death camp, where thousands were murdered during WWII. Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by the Soviet army on 27th January 1945.

Many London boroughs mark Holocaust Memorial Day, often in association with local religious communities and faith forums.  Here is a list of this year’s events (let me know if yours is missing):

  • BARNET Sunday 22 January, 1pm, at Ricketts Quadrangle, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT.
  • BARKING & DAGENHAM 23-27 January, an exhibition/display and a Candle of Remembrance on Friday 27.  Barking and Dagenham College, Dagenham Road, Romford.
  • BRENT Thursday 26 January 7pm to 9pm in Willesden Green Library Centre, The Black experience in Nazi Germany and wartime Europe by Akin Shenbanjo Jr.
  • CAMDEN  27 January 6.30 to 8pm at the Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB.
  • CROYDON Friday 27 January, 11:30am – 1:15pm at Croydon Town Hall
  • EALING Friday 27 January 11am, tree planting outside Perceval House offices.
  • ENFIELD   Thursday 26th January 6pm – 8.30pm, Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, Enfield Town.
  • HACKNEY Friday 27 January 10.30am in the Council Chamber, Hackney Town Hall
  • HARINGEY‘s multi-faith event took place on Sunday 22nd January
  • HAVERING  29 January 14:00 until 15:00, Coronation Gardens, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD
  • HOUNSLOW Thursday 26 January 11.30am Holocaust Memorial Day service beside the Holocaust memorial tree at the Civic Centre, Hounslow.
  • ISLINGTON Friday 27 January 10.30am to 1.30pm, Committee Rooms 5 & 6, Islington Town Hall.
  • LAMBETH  Sunday 29 January 3 to 4.30pm, Lambeth Town Hall.
  • LEWISHAM  Saturday 28 January 12 noon, Multi-faith service, Catford Synagogue, Crantock Road SE6 2QT.
  • NEWHAM  Friday 27 January 10am to 12noon, Newham Town Hall, Barking Road, E6 2RP.
  • MERTON  Thursday 26 January from 7:00pm until 9:00pm in the Council Chamber, Merton Civic Centre.
  • REDBRIDGE Friday, 27 January at 11am at Holocaust Memorial Garden, Valentines Park.
  • SOUTHWARK  27 January 10am – 12.30am, The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ
  • SUTTON  Friday 27 January from 10.30am – 12 noon, Europa Gallery, Sutton.
  • TOWER HAMLETS  Sunday 29 January 2.30 – 4.30pm, East London Central Synagogue, 30-40 Nelson Street, London, E1 2DE.
  • WALTHAM FOREST  Sunday 29 January  3pm-6pm, Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road, Walthamstow E17 8QP.
  • EUROPE HOUSE  Wednesday 25 January to Friday 10 February, an exhibition of art by Hungarian Holocaust survivor Moshe Galili at the European Commission, London, SW1.

Keep talking

Terry from the HMD team has been in touch with LBFN – the pack is particularly good this year and here’s the latest on resources:

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year.  The purpose of HMD is to honour and remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and the ongoing atrocities in Darfur.  HMD gives us all a chance to look to our own lives and communities today and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the things which are sometimes used as reasons to separate us.

The theme for HMD 2011 is Untold Stories. Millions of lives have been wasted and whole communities wiped out due to the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.  The victims are not just a statistic; each of these lives were individual. Somebody’s friend.  A mother.  A father.  A child.  A colleague.  A neighbour.  HMD 2011 gives us all the chance to tell some of these stories so they are never forgotten.  As Ibi Ginsburg, a Holocaust survivor, says:

‘We carry on telling these stories because we were eye-witnesses.  The most important thing is to tell people so this can never happen again.’

No type of commemoration or event to mark HMD 2011 is right or wrong or too big or too small, and it need not cost a large amount.  The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust provides free resources and advice for event organisers on their website.  They also supply free Campaign Packs which are an essential starting point for anyone thinking of organising an event for HMD 2011.

You can contact Terry at the HMDT office for further information and advice – call 0845 838 1883 or email