Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January and is a day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and this date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in 1945.
The theme for HMD 2021 is ‘be the light in the darkness’. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depth’s humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.
Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. It’s a time where we learn more, empathise more and do more.
On Wednesday, 27 January, Time Square will be lit in purple, the official colour of HMD. It will be a symbol; a ‘light in the darkness’, a beacon of hope for all.
If you want to mark HMD, join the nation at 8pm by lighting candles and safely placing them in your windows. This symbolic action is a way of remembering those who were murdered for who they were and standing against prejudice and hatred today.
You can upload a photo of your candle on social media using the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness.
Gena Turgel MBE, survivor of the Holocaust (1923-2018):
“We will continue to do our bit for as long as we can, secure in the knowledge that others will continue to light a candle long after us.”
In Bracknell Forest, we are proud of the strength and solidarity of our local communities which is evidenced through both large and small acts of kindness. Whether that be reaching out to those who are struggling, lonely or isolated.
We encourage all our residents to engage, respond and where possible, to reach out and support others; to be shining lights of hope and love to all who need it during these dark and difficult times and in the future.
Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.
Find out more about HMD and how you can mark it.