Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

20/01/2012 4:45 pm

Pope Benedict XVI at the Auschwitz concentration camp

In 2000, a commitment was made in Stockholm by the Holocaust Taskforce to encourage remembrance of the Holocaust by holding an annual Holocaust Memorial Day.

The UK, one of the 28 member countries of this taskforce, held its first national Holocaust Memorial Day in 2001. The date chosen was 27 January, the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp was liberated. Throughout the UK, civic and local events, as well as school assemblies, will be held to recall and learn lessons from the Nazi persecution and murder of millions of Jews and others, as well as the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Survivors of these atrocities will be honoured and their stories heard. Genocide, antisemitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination continue and must be challenged.


This year, the theme chosen is "Speak Up, Speak Out". We are invited to consider the rights, responsibility and duty we all have to speak up when we see or hear something which we believe to be wrong. It challenges us to learn what happens when we don’t speak out and what can happen when we use our voices against injustice and hatred today.

Materials for use in parishes and schools on Holocaust Memorial Day have been prepared by the Bishops' Conferenece Committee for Catholic Jewish Relations.


HMD 2012: Leaflet A4 691.67 kB

HMD 2012: Leaflet A5 428.25 kB

Presentation: Speak Up, Speak Out 3.21 MB