Explore the HMD 2020 theme

Explore the HMD 2020 theme

The theme for HMD 2020 reflects on how people have stood together in order to stop division and the spread of hatred in our society. Explore the theme: Stand Together and get inspiration for your HMD 2020 activities.

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Take part in HMD 2020

Take part in HMD 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Find out about different ways you can get involved and explore the theme: Stand Together.

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Discover our new resources

Discover our new resources

All our free resources are available to download from our website and include everything you need to organise a meaningful HMD activity that will motivate attendees to learn more about the past and go on to take action.

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HMD 2020: Stand Together

HMD 2020: Stand Together

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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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Cambodia

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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Rwanda

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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Bosnia

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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Darfur

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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Philipp Manes The Holocaust

Philipp Manes

Philipp Manes was a German Jewish businessman and World War One veteran. In 1942 he was deported to Theresienstadt Ghetto, where he kept a meticulous record of daily life. He was murdered at Auschwitz in 1944.

Ivor Perl BEM The Holocaust

Ivor Perl BEM

Ivor was just 12 years old when he was taken to Auschwitz. He survived with the help of his older brother, but the rest of his family were murdered in the Holocaust.

Baronita Adam Nazi Persecution

Baronita Adam

Baronita Adam is a member of the Roma community. Through a project with the Roma Support Group, she has spoken about the prejudice she has faced in her lifetime, and shared her mother’s memories of being targeted by the Nazis and imprisoned in a concentration camp.