About Holocaust Memorial Day

3 January 2018

Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state, can have a huge impact, whether good or bad. The theme for HMD 2018 'The Power of Words' explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day. 

This year, events in Camden are part of the topical conversation about the power of words and how words can make a difference – both for good and evil. 

Holocaust Memorial Day was created on 27 January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research and all signed a declaration committing to preserve the memory of those who have been murdered in the Holocaust. This declaration became the statement of commitment which is still used as a basis for Holocaust Memorial Day activities today.

Find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day and how it's commemorated in Camden below.  

 

Anish Kapoor candle
HMD anniversary candle by Anish Kapoor © Jillian Edelstein 2012

Holocaust Memorial Day was created on 27 January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research and all signed a declaration committing to preserve the memory of those who have been murdered in the Holocaust. This declaration became the statement of commitment which is still used as a basis for Holocaust Memorial Day activities today.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the HolocaustNazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, RwandaBosnia and Darfur. 

Each year Camden Council and organisations across the borough stage events to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day. These events allow us to reflect on and learn from 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.

 

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 

 

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