Tuesday, 16 September, 2014
Yesterday evening (15 September) we previewed the suite of resources for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2015 at a special launch event at the Wiener Library in London.
 
Guests including Holocaust and genocide survivors and partner organisations witnessed the unveiling of the Keep the memory alive logo, drawn by renowned French illustrator Jean Jullien, the Moving Portraits photography project, this year’s Activity Pack, which is now available to order free or download, and the vast array of education materials and resources to help activity organisers put together their event for 27 January 2015.
 
New for this year are the Get involved guides, which provide guidance on how different organisations can commemorate HMD, and the activity templates that suggest what you can do for HMD whether you have 20 minutes or two hours.
 
 
As in previous years, we have produced lesson plans, assemblies and activities relating to the 2015 theme, as well as resources for students with special educational needs (SEN). Welsh translations of many of the materials will also be available soon.
 
Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert talks to Lord Ahmad, minister at the Department for Communities & Local Government


The audience at the event listened to a moving speech from child survivor of the Holocaust Joan Salter. Joan told her story of survival that began in 1942 when she was just two years old, taking her from France to the US via the Spanish Pyrenees and a port in Portugal before she came back to Europe to settle in the UK in 1947. She emphasised the importance of reliving this ‘horrendous time’ in her life to ensure that such atrocities never happen again.

‘I, like every other victim and survivor of a genocide here today, do not need an official date in the calendar to remember. The importance of Holocaust Memorial Day is as a focus of remembrance beyond the victim communities. It gives a voice and a face to the victims.’  
 
‘This is why I speak. This is the importance of the work of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and the reason to remember.’ 
 
Communities minister Lord Ahmad and HMDT Chief Executive Olivia Marks-Woldman also spoke, discussing what it means to not turn a blind eye and emphasising the importance of memory in what is a significant anniversary year, 70 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
 
Olivia also announced the creative project for HMD 2015: #MemoryMakers. This will explore the experiences of those who survived the Holocaust and subsequent genocides through the arts. You can expect a full announcement of what #MemoryMakers will entail on 17 November, 70 days before HMD, and those who sign up to our newsletter will be the first to hear about it.