Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador Blog

Creative Responses to 'Be the Light in the Darkness'

Daniel, Lucy and Fiona are Regional Ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust, based in London and the North-East. For Holocaust Memorial Day, they came together to create a website for young people to respond creatively to this year's theme - ‘Be the light in the darkness’. Here is a small selection of the artwork, photographs and poetry that were submitted.

To view all of the contributions, you can visit their online Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Project.

Photo of a cutout design of two people lighting a candle with the inscription 'be the light in the darkness'

Artwork by Nicole Wu, Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, North-East.

I wanted to symbolise the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day as an opportunity to reflect on our own responsibility to shine through distortion and hatred and also to use our knowledge to inspire and support others. For me, being a Regional Ambassador is as much about educating myself as educating others. Through this we can light up the darkness of today together.

Photo of a long path and a line of trees glowing in the sunset

Lighting up the Darkness, by Lucy Jameson, Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, North-East.

I took this picture after we had completed a candle lit memorial service in Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. Whilst leaving, I turned around to see this view of the candles we had just lit in the distance. I selected this picture as it is a powerful vision that has stayed with me since I completed the Lessons from Auschwitz Project in 2019. To me, it represents resilience, hope, community and commemoration, which correlates perfectly with the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year.

I clung onto the label of your jacket, pressed it into memory.
Your scent existing in the space of a single breath,
Your image is the only thing I bring, the only thing I had.
Later, I will huddle around your faded memory and warm my hands, use it to bring me back to me again.

Poem by Fiona Zeka, Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, London.

With this poem, I wanted to highlight how hope is born from human connection, and how this hope can function as a light in the darkness – especially when we are away from the things that make us us.

Photo of candles arranged in memorium at the memorial sculpture at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Memorial in Auschwitz-Birkenau, by Eloise Bishop, Regional Ambassador for Scotland.

We lit these candles in Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust at the end of the visit of the Lessons from Auschwitz Project. For me, this truly symbolises the theme, ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’.

If you would like to submit your own creative response to be included on the website, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By Daniel Caves San-José, Lucy Jameson and Fiona Zeka