How Can Life Go On?

27th January, is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). It is the day to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. This date also marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps. HMD is an opportunity to honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to educate our choices today.

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to 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 may be fortunate enough to not be at risk of genocide in our own country. 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.

How can life go on? is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has produced some really good material to help individuals and communities mark this important memorial.

“The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. HMD 2017 asks audiences to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.” HMD Trust


The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website features a wealth of free resources to help you mark Holocaust Memorial Day. This year, resources highlight the theme for HMD 2017: How can life go on?

•  Life stories and films of Holocaust
    & genocide survivors
•  Template activities for marking
    HMD in 10-30 minutes, 1-2 hours,
    and a whole day
•  Downloadable exhibitions
•  Logos and posters
•  Extensive resources for teachers –
   assemblies and lesson plans

Explore HMD free resources:


Over 5,500 local activities took place for Holocaust Memorial Day last year – in public spaces, libraries, schools, universities, cinemas, prisons, workplaces and many more. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust provide free resources, advice and information about how you can hold an activity to mark HMD

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The free Activity Pack contains a set of posters, a sheet of stickers, and a sample of the ‘About HMD’ Booklet (available to order in quantities of 50) – which are great to hand out at events.


Commemorate HMD by sharing the life stories of survivors online:

In January, the Holocaust Memorial Trust will launch an online film and opportunity to mark HMD online.


Mark HMD 2017 in a creative way by taking part in this year’s arts project. A dedicated microsite is the home for public submissions and an opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme: How can life go on?

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