Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January

On 27 January, the world will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.

On this day we share 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 world today.

What is Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is observed every year on 27 January — the day the representatives from 46 governments around the world adopted in 2000, the Stockholm 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.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 images and icons urging people to join in and mark the day


2021 Theme: Be the light in the darkness

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 is Be the light in the darkness. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to 'be the light' before, during and after genocide.

Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of 'darkness', for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of 'being the light', for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

You can find out more about the full theme vision on the HMD website.

Find an activity

Each year thousands of activities take place across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). Find activities near you by searching for your postcode on the HMD website.

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