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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 27/1‘Be the light in the darkness’

Wednesday 27 January 2021.

Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated on Wednesday 27 January 2021. The 27th of January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp in occupied Poland. It is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution, and in genocides which followed, in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for people in our local community to reflect on those whose lives were changed beyond recognition, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and hatred in our own society today. Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us that we all have a role to play to ensure that we learn the lessons of the past, to create a safer, better future.

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is 'Be the light in the darkness'. Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 will mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and will also include marking the 26th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide. ‘Be the light in the darkness’ is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking Holocaust Memorial Day. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 will take place on Wednesday 27 January. The Holocaust Memorial Day flag will be raised at the Town Hall in Barking.

The council has produced a short film with reflections from the Leader of the Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell, Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Saima Ashraf, Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Himanshu Jain, Chair of the Faith Forum.


Further information 

Holocaust Memorial Day

Schools resources


Holocaust education material and learning resources 2021

As part of our ongoing partnership with the education charity, ‘Learning from the Righteous’, we have a range of age-appropriate educational resources and material available for schools and independent home learning. Aimed at KS3 (11yr to 14yrs) and lower KS4 (15yrs) students can learn about The Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.

Activities and resources include; Candles of Hope highlight examples of rescue and resistance both during The Holocaust and in modern times in order to inspire students to consider the choices and consequences of their own actions. Students will be able to make their own Candles of Hope.

Voices of Hope contains the shared experiences of Holocaust survivors Mala Tribich and Eva Clarke. There is a special interview with the author and poet Michael Rosen, who discusses his journey behind his book The Missing. Each interview has accompanying material that can be downloaded. 

For further information about Holocaust Education provision for schools in the borough, please email Tamara Horbacka, Cultural Commissioner, Tamara.Horbacka@lbbd.gov.uk