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International Holocaust Memorial Day


What is International Holocaust Memorial Day?

International Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people who lost their lives, and those whose lives have been changed by the Holocaust. The Holocaust occurred during the Second World War and resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews and 11 million others, by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

This day takes place on 27th January each year, as it marks the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

How is Holocaust Memorial Day observed?

The United Nations General Assembly designated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005. This was done to urge countries around the world to implement educational programmes, share information and prevent genocide from ever happening again.

The theme for 2024 is Fragility of Freedom, to highlight how fragile freedom is and how we must not be complacent about it. In times of conflict, ordinary people can be perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, witnesses – and ordinary people can also be victims.

Holocaust Memorial Day and Employment

There are many ways to remember the people who lost their lives, those whose lives were changed beyond recognition and raise awareness. Employers can:

  • Share information and resources via intranet, newsletters, emails, and posters.
  • Share details of local events or hold a company event.
  • Encourage staff to take time to reflect.
  • Use the resource below from Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to choose activities suitable for the workplace.