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 and in subsequent genocides 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.

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

HMD 2021 theme

HMD 2021 theme

Explore the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021: Be the light in the darkness. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

75 Memorial Flames

75 Memorial Flames

Hundreds of groups around the country created their own Memorial Flame artworks for HMD 2020, to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. 75 of these Memorial Flames were selected for a national exhibition that will be touring the UK.

#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. See their messages on our Memorial Wall.