Holocaust Memorial Day is a day for education, commemoration and reflection. To think deeply about what happened to countless individuals, how small actions escalated to acts of organised hate crime and ultimately genocide. And what we need to do today both to keep the memory alive and build societies that resist this kind of discrimination and all forms of identity-based violence. Here in Bristol, we look at these issues throughout the year, not just in January.
Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27th every year, which is the date when the death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated in 1945. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is ‘Torn From Home’. In 2018 it was ‘The Power Of Words’, 2017 theme was ‘How can life go on’, in 2016 it was “Don’t Stand By.”
Because Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 falls on a Sunday, Bristol’s civic commemoration event will take place on Friday 25th January 2018 to ensure that all religious groups can attend.
Please join fellow Bristol residents for the civic commemoration on Friday January 25th 2019 from 1.30 – 4.45 pm at the City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR.
- Hear speakers from diverse communities share reflections on the HMD 2019 theme ‘Torn From Home.’
- Visit stallholders representing charities that work with refugees or people who’ve experienced racism and war.
- Event is free and wheelchair, hearing loop and BSL accessible. Light refreshments during the break.
Our headline speaker for HMD 2019 is Iby Knill. Hear her incredible story as a Holocaust Survivor.
Councillor Asher Craig, and HM Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE will also be speaking at the event.
Bristol HMD Steering Group
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