Holocaust Memorial Day
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 is Communities together: Build a Bridge. They are asking you to remember those communities which were destroyed during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
By taking inspiration from the past, celebrating difference and ensuring respect for all you can Build a Bridge in your community and help to create a safer, better future.
Every year on 27 January, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). On the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) website you’ll find all of the resources, information and advice you need to participate in HMD.
HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. On HMDT, shares the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today.
Looking for Holocaust Memorial Day events? Click here to find out about your local event. Each year, HMDT run a series of free workshops around the UK which provide a unique opportunity for event organisers to come together and meet the HMDT team.
The Holocaust and Nazi persecuton 1933 – 1945
The Nazis murdered approximately 6 million Jews in a campaign which attempted to wipe out all Jews in Europe. By May 1945 two thirds of all Jews had been murdered. The Nazis hated anyone who did not fit their narrow idea of who or what was ‘normal’. Millions of lives were destroyed or changed beyond recognition. Other people imprisoned and murdered included Roma and Sinti (Gypsy) people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, political opponents such as Communists and Socialists, Trade Unionists and Freemasons. Black people, Gay men and Lesbians, and mentally or physically disabled people were identified and their lives were destroyed or irrevocably damaged. Millions of lives were lost or changed beyond recognition during the Nazi regime of hatred.
Families, communities, cultures and towns were completely wiped out.
Since these attrocoties, there have also been other genocides during the 20th century, including Bosnia and Darfur. On Holocaust Memorial Day, it is our duty to ensure that the memory of these people is never ignored or forgotten.
Here are a selection of resources you may want to use for Holocaust memorial Day or for teaching about the Holocaust at any time of the year.
Order your free Campaign Pack.
The Campaign Pack is designed for HMD activity organisers. It gives you all of the important information that you need to know to facilitate your planning. It contains a set of posters, an example of our new handout materials, and guidance on putting on your activity. The Campaign Packs themselves aren’t designed for you to give away to those coming to your events so copies are limited to one per person. These are available online to downlaod HMD 2013 Campaign Pack and HMD 2013 posters.
There are many other resources that HMDT produce which may assist in your planning – educators should visit our bespoke education website and all organisers will find our resources section and activity planning section useful.