Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January

On 27 January, the world will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2023.

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.


2023 Theme: Ordinary People

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2023 is 'Ordinary People'.

Genocide is facilitated by ordinary people. Ordinary people turn a blind eye, believe propaganda, join murderous regimes. And those who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered in genocide aren't persecuted because of crimes they've committed - they are persecuted simply because they are ordinary people who belong to a particular group (e.g., Roma, Jewish community, Tutsi).

You can find out more about the full HMD 2023 theme vision on the HMD website.

Join the ceremony

The UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 will be streamed online on Thursday 26 January at 7pm.

You can register to join the ceremony 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.

Saffron Walden remembers

Saffron Walden Museum have collected some accounts from Holocaust survivors and children who came to the town on the Kindertransport.

You can read these testimonies in the Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January post on the Saffron Walden Museum website.

Chelmsford Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration

The Chelmsford Jewish Community and Chelmsford City Council invite everyone to attend our Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration on Monday 30 January 2023. at 7.00pm in the Council Chamber at Chelmsford City Council, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE.

This year our special guest will be Susie Barnett BEM.

This year's theme is 'Ordinary People' and Susie's story includes how she and her mother were helped to escape from Nazi Germany, how her siblings came to England on the Kindertransport and how her family were all split up but miraculously survived.

To reserve your place please email Chelmsford Jewish Community Secretary  harryfranklin@hotmail.co.uk

Please state how many places you wish to reserve and give full names.

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