Marking Holocaust memorial Day

Please join us at Loveashford in marking Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2023. 

What is it?

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Why is it important?

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own – it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at immediate risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.

What’s this year’s theme?

The theme for HMD 2023 is Ordinary People. The theme highlights the ordinary people who have allowed genocide to happen, the ordinary people who actively committed genocide, and the ordinary people who have experienced genocide and persecution. The theme also prompts us to consider how ordinary people, such as ourselves, can perhaps play a bigger part than we might imagine in challenging prejudice today.

How can I get involved?

Light a candle and safely put it in your window at 4pm on 27 January. Please then upload a photo of your candle on social media, using the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay #HMDAshford

You can also show your support by sharing HMD’s social media assets, which can be found here: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust | Social media graphics (hmd.org.uk)