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We launch new resources for HMD 2023

We were joined by more than 150 people from across the UK yesterday, as we held a special online event to launch our new resources for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2023.

We launch new resources for HMD 2023

Members of our outreach team showcased the new resources, which have been designed to enable people to mark HMD in meaningful and varied ways. People tweeted about the event as it took place:

As well as introducing our new resources, we officially launched our youth arts competition, [Extra]Ordinary Portraits, that we are holding in partnership with the Royal Drawing School. Attendees at the launch heard from award-winning artist, Gideon Summerfield, and Antoinette Mutabazi, a survivor of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, who are both on the judging panel for the competition. They discussed the power of art as a tool for Holocaust and genocide education and gave advice to those planning on entering the competition.

Gideon said:

My way of learning has always been through art. I believe art is a great way to connect with people in a different and more unique way. For the most part that is how I connected with survivors. They loved art and often when I met up with them we would be drawing together. Many survivors used art therapy as a way to express themselves. It’s where words cannot speak and it’s a universally understood language.

Click below to download each of the new resources for free, to use in your HMD activities.

The [Extra]Ordinary Portraits resource

[Extra]Ordinary Portraits ‘starting points’ resource
A ‘starting points and inspiration’ resource for young people, teachers and youth leaders, taking part in our [Extra]Ordinary Portraits youth arts competition.

Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Journeys school resource
This resource supports secondary school teachers to use the new interactive website, Ordinary Objects Extraordinary Journeys, in the classroom.

HMD blog template
Use our simple Holocaust Memorial Day blog template to write a blog about HMD for your organisation’s website.

A selection of our Get involved guides

Get involved guides
Our refreshed get involved guides provide sector specific examples and guidance for marking HMD in different settings, including libraries, local authorities, cinemas, prisons and more.

MP letter template
Our letter template is a simple tool to help you to invite your local MP to your HMD activity.

Take action for a better future
Tips on what you can do after your HMD activity to help prevent identity-based persecution and discrimination in the UK and around the world.