Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 2000 to remember the destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War, to acknowledge subsequent atrocities around the world in places such as Armenia, Rwanda and Cambodia, and to try and prevent a recurrence in the future. 27 January was chosen as it is the date that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated in 1945.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust sets an annual theme, which provides a focus for individual communities and schools to concentrate their efforts and give prominence to a fresh aspect of this special day each year.  This year’s theme is 'Be the Light in the Darkness' which encourages us to reflect on the depths to which humanity can sink but also how individuals and communities have resisted darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.