Inspire Together

Poetry is an inspiring way to bring people together to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).

Inspire Together

Image: Nina Sosanya reads the poem 'Colors' by Michaella Rugwizangoga

 

Poetry can be incredibly powerful. During the Holocaust and other genocides, those persecuted wrote poetry to express their feelings of loss, suffering and hope. Survivors wrote poetry afterwards as a response to their experiences.

Reading and writing poetry helps us understand the experiences of those who were affected by the Holocaust and genocide, and encourages people to empathise with others in creative and moving ways. For HMD 2021, we have created two new resources to help you and your community come together by reading poetry and writing poetry.

Explore the links below to find out how to mark HMD with your group through poetry.

Write your own poem

Read a poem aloud together

HMD Together

HMD Together

Make a moving film from your home by each reading lines from a poem about the Holocaust or genocide. Alternatively, your group could put pen to paper and write your own poem, which you could then film.

Create Together

Create Together

This activity will support you to bring your organisation or group together to produce a piece of artwork.

Watch Together

Watch Together

These two resources will enable your group to come together and mark Holocaust Memorial Day through film, even if they cannot physically be together.