In 2000, a commitment was made in Stockholm by the Holocaust Taskforce to encourage remembrance of the Holocaust by holding an annual Holocaust Memorial Day. The UK, one of the 28 member countries of this taskforce, held its first national Holocaust Memorial Day in 2001. The date chosen was 27 January, the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp was liberated.
On 27th January 2022, we are encouraged to come together to remember and learn about Holocaust, remembering the Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, in the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide.
In learning about the past we can choose to take action for a better future, avoiding racism, anti-semitism, xenophobia and general discrimination against those who are 'different to us'.
The vision or theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is that there will be One Day in the future without genocide.
How can I participate?
On 27th January it is possible to take part in remembering those who lost their lives and honour those who survived holocausts in the following ways:
7- 8 pm - Watch the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022
8 pm - Light a Candle. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust wish to encourage households across the UK to light candles, safely putting them in their windows to remember
- those who were murdered for who they were
- to stand against prejudice and hatred today
Those who are familiar with social media are asked to consider taking a photo of their candle and uploading it, adding the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness
Schools and Young People
Learn more about Holocaust Memorial Day by visiting the