World Book Day

The first Thursday in March every year is World Book Day. It is a chance to celebrate books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries throughout the world.

Particularly for a younger audience, reading can be a valuable way to learn about the Holocaust and genocide in an age-appropriate way.

Perhaps the most famous example is the diary kept by Anne Frank, which provides a unique insight into the life of just one of the millions of people persecuted and ultimately murdered by the Nazis. You can read Anne Frank’s life story here.

Lots of the activities and events organised across the UK for Holocaust Memorial Day focus on books and reading. For Holocaust Memorial Day, you could visit your local library or suggest your book group chooses a book about the Holocaust or genocide to discuss.

You can read more about World Book Day here.

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank

The diary written by Anne Frank is famous around the world as an eye witness account which gives an insight into the persecution faced by Jewish people under the Nazi regime.

Your library and Holocaust Memorial Day

Your library and Holocaust Memorial Day

Libraries play a key role in communities by providing a cultural hub for everyone to enjoy and a space to ask questions, learn and explore. They are unique in the variety of different people they bring together.

John Hajdu

John Hajdu

John Hajdu is a survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary and lived under the subsequent socialist regime in Budapest. Read his personal memoir entitled Life in Two Countries.