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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 27 Januaryis a national commemoration dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It was first held on 27 January 2001 and has been on the same date every year since. The chosen date… Read more »

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Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 27 Januaryis a national commemoration dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

It was first held on 27 January 2001 and has been on the same date every year since. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945, the same date chosen for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and some other national Holocaust Memorial Days.

Since 2005, Holocaust Memorial Day has been promoted and supported by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, a charity established and funded by the UK Government.

From its inception until 2015, the Brighton & Hove City Council organised appropriate events to mark the commemoration. Local Holocaust survivors (among them Jan Imich, Alfred Huberman and his son Bryan, Ladislaus Löb, Scarlett Epstein, Sheindi Perez, Rosa Razalowicz, Ceska Abrahams and Hans Levy) went to local schools to speak about their experiences to schoolchildren who then wrote eloquently on what they had learned.

The civic events were attended by the Mayor and other dignitaries including representatives from local faith, ethnic and minority communities. Initially the events took place at Hove Town Hall, subsequently at the Jubilee Library and then at the Old Courtroom in Brighton. Photographs and memorabilia, films and pupils’ presentations were all part of the commemorations.

There is also an annual HMD event organised by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, the first university in the UK to commemorate HMD, supported by the Association of Jewish Refugees.

In 2016 a local volunteer steering group, The Brighton & Hove Holocaust Education Project, was established to coordinate the commemoration of HMD 2016 in conjunction with the Brighton & Hove City Council.

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