UK Commemorative Event

Each year Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) organises the UK Commemorative Event for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). This is the focal point of HMD in the UK and brings together the civic, faith and political leadership of the country, alongside survivors of the Holocaust and more recent genocides.

UK Commemorative Event

The UK Commemorative Event acts as a spotlight for all of the HMD activities in the UK. In addition, HMDT helps ensure that key events take place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

At this event, we honour survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. At a national level, we remember all those who were murdered and resolve to learn lessons from the past to create a safer, better future.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

The UK 2022 Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony was streamed online for the whole nation to watch.

The Ceremony was narrated by broadcaster and writer, Sandi Toksvig OBE. Audiences heard powerful testimony from survivors of the Holocaust and genocide.

The UK Ceremony ended with a national moment – people across the UK put candles in their windows to ‘light the darkness’. The iconic Piccadilly Lights (in partnership with Ocean Outdoor) displayed portraits of Holocaust survivors in the lead up to the national moment, and at 8pm, the screen lit up with a commemorative candle. Landmarks and billboards across the UK lit up in purple as an act of solidarity.

The iconic Piccadilly Lights light up towards the end of the UK HMD 2022 Ceremony

Read more about the 2022 UK Ceremony here.

Watch the Ceremony here

As well as the UK Ceremony for HMD, ceremonies also took place in Scotland and  Wales to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.

Previous years

To find out more about the national ceremonies which have been held in previous years, click on the links below. You can also explore a gallery of images from previous years at the bottom of the page.