Photography exhibition

Photography exhibition

See our exclusive digital exhibition which brings together a selection of the best photographs submitted by people across the UK for our 'Light up the darkness' youth photography competition.

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News and blogs

News and blogs

On the 20th anniversary of a UN Tribunal which tried two of the architects of the Genocide in Bosnia, our Chief Executive, Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE, reflects on justice.

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HMD 2021: Be the light in the darkness

HMD 2021: Be the light in the darkness

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The Holocaust and genocide

Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The Holocaust

Between 1941 and 1945, six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Their attempt to murder all the Jews in Europe, shook the foundations of civilisation.

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Nazi Persecution

The Nazis targeted anyone they believed threatened their ideal of a ‘pure Aryan race’, including Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay people, political opponents and others.

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From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, imposed an extremist programme to reconstruct Cambodia. Millions of people died through starvation, disease and exhaustion, and thousands were executed.

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In a violent outpouring in 1994, approximately one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered in just 100 days in the Genocide in Rwanda.

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In July 1995, against the backdrop of an ongoing civil war, Bosnian Serb forces led by Ratko Mladić murdered around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica.

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In 2003 a civil war began in the region of Darfur. Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed attacked black African people, destroying entire villages, murdering civilians and displacing many more.

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Life Stories

The experiences of Holocaust and genocide survivors, as well as those who were murdered, give us a unique insight into the lives of those who have endured persecution.

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El Sadiq ‘Debay’ Manees Darfur

El Sadiq ‘Debay’ Manees

When Debay was a child, government militia attacked his village. He spent years living in a refugee camp and was forced to flee when he was condemned to death.

Denise Uwimana Rwanda

Denise Uwimana

Denise lost many of her relatives in the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She survived, but faced a difficult journey to forgive her neighbours who had murdered her family and stolen from her home.

Var Ashe Houston Cambodia

Var Ashe Houston

Var’s life was changed forever in 1975, when Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge regime forced her family from their homes and into slave labour.