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 2018 is ‘The Power Of Words’. The 2017 theme was ‘How can life go on’, in 2016 it was “Don’t Stand By.”

Because Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 falls on a Saturday, Bristol’s civic commemoration event will take place on Friday 26th January 2018 to ensure that all religious groups can attend.

Please join fellow Bristol residents for the civic commemoration on Friday January 26th 2018 from 1.30 – 4.30 pm at the City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR.

  • Hear speakers from diverse communities share reflections on the 2018 theme ‘The Power of Words.’
  • 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.

Download our 2017 Bristol Holocaust Memorial Day Programme here.

Marian Liebmann

 Bristol HMD Steering Group

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