Each year we take part in the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. We use the year's theme, and reflect on what this means to us.
What is Holocaust Memorial Day?
This is what the HMD website says:
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. It promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of 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.
The Stockholm Declaration
Holocaust Memorial Day was created on 27 January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research. At the end of this meeting, all attendees signed a declaration committing to preserving the memory of those who have been murdered in the Holocaust. This declaration became the statement of commitment which is still used as a basis for HMD activities today.
The statement of commitment for HMD in the UK was created after the Stockholm Declaration was agreed. It is a simplified version of the Stockholm Declaration, and includes a commitment to remember all victims of Nazi Persecution, and victims of all genocides. Many HMD activity organisers use this by arranging for participants to read from as part of their activity.
HMD 2022: One Day
HMD 2021: Be the Light in the Darkness
HMD 2020: Stand Together
HMD 2019: Torn from home
HMD 2018: The power of words
HMD 2017: How can life go on?
HMD 2016: Don't stand by
HMD 2015: Keep the memory alive
HMD 2014: Journeys
HMD 2013: Communities together: build a bridge
HMD 2012: Speak up, speak out
HMD 2011: Untold stories
HMD 2010: The legacy of hope
HMD 2009: Stand up to hatred
HMD 2008: Imagine...remember, reflect, react
HMD 2007: The dignity of difference
HMD 2006: One person can make a difference
HMD 2005: Survivors, liberation and rebuilding lives