Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27th January.

We're marking Holocaust Memorial Day #HolocaustMemorialDay 27 January
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27th January.

27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It is the international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

“The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all” (Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, 2023).

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future.

The theme for 2023 is 'Ordinary People'

Every year, a theme is selected for Holocaust Memorial Day. This highlights the ordinary people who let genocide happen, the ordinary people who actively perpetrated genocide, and the ordinary people who were persecuted.

Ordinary people were involved in all aspects of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and in the genocides that took place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Ordinary people were perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, witnesses - and ordinary people were victims.

The theme will also prompt us to consider how ordinary people, such as ourselves, can perhaps play a bigger part than we might imagine in challenging prejudice today. We are all ordinary people today who can be extraordinary in our actions. We can all make decisions to challenge prejudice, stand up to hatred, to speak out against identity-based persecution, to shop responsibly.

Read more about this year's theme.

Lancaster University Library recognises the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day, a day dedicated to encouraging remembrance in a world scarred by genocide.

Events and activities will include:

  • Showcasing relevant books from our collection, alongside a display providing information about each genocide that is marked on Holocaust Memorial Day and highlighting the personal stories of those who have experienced genocide (Library entrance from Mon 23rd – Mon 30th Jan)
  • A film screening and discussion of ‘The Book Thief’ on Thursday 26th January from 6 p.m. in the Library Events Space (for staff and students at Lancaster University)
  • A Holocaust Memorial Day “Lancaster University Reads…” university-wide virtual book club of Lily’s Promise by Lily Ebert (available as an ebook and audio book through the Libby app) from Jan 23rd – Feb 12th
  • A Holocaust Memorial Day online guide, helping you locate material in the Library and other sources relating to the Holocaust, to locate material in the Library and other sources relating to the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups and subsequent genocides, and highlight local events in Lancaster, and national events
  • A resource list of Library materials relevant to the Holocaust
  • A collection of ebooks and audio-books relating to the Holocaust on the Libby leisure reading app
  • A curated playlist of your suggestions in our Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 – Lancaster University Library playlist of films, documentaries and interviews on Box of Broadcast (BoB)

We welcome suggestions for library resources, including books, films and documentaries. Please email library@lancaster.ac.uk to share your suggestions, or request books and ebooks via the Request a Resource form

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