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Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)

On, or around, 27 January, we honour the victims and survivors of The Holocaust and other genocides known nationally as Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). We aim to learn lessons from their experiences to challenge hatred and discrimination in the UK today.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 is Fragility of Freedom.

Please join us at our civic commemoration on Friday 26 January 2024 at Telford Theatre, Limes Walk, Telford TF2 6EP, arrivals will be from 10am for a 10.30am start.

This year, the theme highlights how the erosion of freedoms supports the progression of The Ten stages of Genocide.

Freedoms have different meanings to different people. Many take these freedoms for granted with little understanding of the impact of not having them. It is often difficult for people to see how reducing the freedoms of one section of society can also reduce their own freedom. 

The theme prompts us to consider the value of freedoms to ourselves, how we can prevent the erosion of those freedoms, and the consequences of not protecting them.

This year marks:

  • 30 years since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
  • 79 years since liberation of Auschwitz
  • 29 years since Srebrenica.

We will be lighting up Southwater One on Saturday 27 January to visibly marking HMD. Across the borough, members of our communities will demonstrate unity with the HMD 2024 message. They will light a candle and reflect on how they can be the light in the darkness. We would encourage you to take part and share an image or video with us on:

If you are holding an event or activity, please do let us know we would be happy to share the news

Visit the Holocaust Memorial Day website to find out information regionally or nationally

Last updated: 17/01/2024 12:32

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