Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), established in 2000, is marked each year on 27th January – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp by the Soviet Red Army. On and around this day, schools, communities, faith groups and others across the UK join together in national and local events to commemorate the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators, as well victims of other acts of Nazi persecution and of subsequent genocides.

HMD also provides an opportunity to reflect on the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust, an especially poignant consideration for this year’s commemorations, which take place against a background of rising antisemitism within the UK and globally.

Each year’s HMD has a different theme, chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, as a focus for educational and commemorative events. The theme for HMD 2024 is Fragility of Freedom.

 

Resources for events

We have created the following documents to support teachers and event organisers around HMD:

 

Holocaust Memorial Day webcast

Our annual HMD webcast is a special event where hundreds of schools and thousands of individuals across the UK come together online to hear a survivor share their testimony. Students will also be able to send in their own questions, making this an interactive and meaningful way to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

This year's webcast will take place on 23rd January 2024. To learn more and to register, please click here.