What is Holocaust Memorial Day?

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place each year on 27 January.

What is Holocaust Memorial Day?

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. We promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.

HMD is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. We know they learn more, empathise more and do more.

Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.

Our impact film showcases five Holocaust Memorial Day activities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the significant impact they had on those who took part.

Read more about the work of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust here. 

HMD 2023 theme

HMD 2023 theme

Explore the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023: Ordinary People. Click here to read our theme vision, which outlines the different ways the theme can be explored.

Light the darkness

Light the darkness

As people took part in our 'Light the darkness' national moment for HMD 2021, iconic landmarks and billboards across the UK lit up in purple. Click here to see our photo gallery.

HMD 2022

HMD 2022

Register to watch the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022, and join the nation to light the darkness against prejudice and hatred in 2022.

Memorial book

Memorial book

Create a memorial page to honour an individual murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution of other groups, or in recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

75 Memorial Flames

75 Memorial Flames

To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auscwhitz we ran a creative project that organisations and community groups all over the UK took part in.

#StandTogether project

#StandTogether project

For HMD 2020 we asked people to Stand Together with thousands of others in remembrance on social media by sharing information about people who were murdered during the Holocaust.