Franziska was a German woman who was persecuted by the Nazis – because she was deaf. Under the 'Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring', more than 400,000 people were sterilised by the Nazis between 1933 and 1939 due to alleged genetic diseases. Under this law, every person diagnosed with schizophrenia, hereditary blindness, or any other condition that was believed to be genetic was forcefully sterilised; they would no longer be able to produce offspring. Franziska Mikus was one of more than 10,000 deaf victims.
The UK Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 ceremony was held online, for the first time in the history of HMD. Watch the full ceremony here.
Watch highlights of the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021, which moved online for the first time ever, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Order our free About HMD booklets and pin badges to use in your own Holocaust Memorial Day activity.
The nation will be lighting the darkness on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021. Our selection of three videos call on everyone to join this national moment. Download them to share at your HMD activity or on social media.
Helen Aronson BEM survived the 'liquidation' of Pabianice and Łódź ghettos. Her father, Motush, carried out an incredible act of kindness and bravery, which ultimately cost him his life. This film tells Helen's life story and honours the memory of her father.
Inspire your community, group or organisation to create poetry together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
This activity provides a list of suggested books for activity organisers to choose from, guidelines on how to run your book club meeting and questions for discussion. It can be used by any Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) activity organiser including schools, colleges, universities, youth groups and workplaces.
Cooking together is an engaging way of learning about cultures and celebrating the lives of people who were murdered during genocide. In this activity, using digital technology, your organisation or community group can learn, cook and eat together, even while apart.
When Debay was a child, government militia attacked his village in Darfur. He spent years living in a refugee camp and moving around Sudan. In 2015, he was forced to flee when he was arrested and condemned to death.