Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January

Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides, which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 encourages everyone to reflect on the dark depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

To mark this day in Hyndburn the Mercer Memorial Clock Tower in Great Harwood will be lit purple on the night of January 27.

Cllr June Harrison, Mayor of Hyndburn:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to come together and learn from the past, whilst remembering those who lost their lives. Due to Covid-19 it is not safe to come together physically, however the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have provided resources and access to a virtual service, which you can access safely from home.

“Please do access these offers and encourage others to do the same, by remembering the past we can take steps towards a better future.”

This collection of resources has been specifically designed to enable you to mark HMD in meaningful ways with other people – even if you can’t gather together in person.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 ceremony will be streamed online at 7pm on 27 January. This will be the first fully digital ceremony.

Please register below to receive the link in advance of the ceremony.


From cooking to films and poetry. Explore the digital, artistic and reflective activity ideas below for inspiration for your own HMD group activity:


The photographs received celebrated the people, groups, places and objects which have brought light in times of darkness. You can view the photographs here from 27 January:


[images from the Wiener Library via hmd.org.uk]