Holocaust Memorial Day

HMD 2020 will have particular significance as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and is the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.


Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January every year to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001, building on the objective that prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all. In 2019, over 200 councils were involved in arranging over 1,000 activities including vigils, film viewings, talks, arts events, and hearing from survivors. Set in town halls, libraries, workplaces, schools, universities, museums and other settings, these enable thousands of people come together to learn lessons about the past and to take action to help create a safer future.

HMD 2020 will have particular significance as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and is the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia. The theme for HMD 2020 is Stand Together, which will resonate with the work many local authorities are doing on counter-extremism and cohesion. The theme explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is offering to support local councils to mark HMD 2020, including publishing a number of free resources to support local organisations, such as a ‘Get Involved Guide’ for local authorities.

For more information and advice on marking HMD, please contact Claudia Hyde, Local Government HMD Officer: claudia.hyde@hmd.org.uk