There are many organisations which will be able to assist and advise you with the organisation of your event, or help you learn more about some of the issues associated with Holocaust Memorial Day. Some work with Holocaust and genocide survivors, others focus on remembrance and education, and some work in community relations.
45 Aid Society Holocaust Survivors
Established in 1963 the 45 Aid Society consists mainly of survivors of concentration camps who came to Britain in 1945/46. The Society is active in the community, helps members and charities and facilitates survivors to give testimony of their experiences to schools, councils and community groups.
Flat 4, Broadlands, Hillside Road, Radlett, Hertfordshire, WD7 7BX
Tel: 01923 850816
The Aegis Trust campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide. Aegis’s activities include: research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media and humanitarian support for victims of genocide.
The Arnold-Liebster Foundation provides information and resources for teachers and students wishing to explore the experience of Jehovah’s Witnesses under the Nazi regime. The website provides survivor testimony, study guides, DVD & Video resources and much more.
Association of Jewish Refugees
The Association of Jewish Refugees provides an extensive range of social and welfare services, and grants financial assistance to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution living in Great Britain. In addition to a dedicated social services team, AJR operates a nationwide network of regional groups and offer a volunteers service and advice on Holocaust compensation claims.
Anne Frank Trust
The Anne Frank Trust works with young people in Britain today to help build a society based on acceptance, mutual respect, compassion and responsibility.
It does this through touring exhibitions about Anne Frank and educational work in schools. Opened in October 2010, The Anne Frank Library is the newest lending and reference specialising in books and resources about Anne Frank, the Holocaust and the wider topics of prejudice and discrimination, social responsibility, conflict and behaviour, and all the moral issues surrounding these topics. Teachers and HE/FE students are welcome to use the library, but strictly by appointment only, via the details below. The Online Catalogue enables remote access to an index of the resources available in The Anne Frank Library.
Black History Month
Black History Month is celebrated across the UK every October and highlights and celebrates the achievements of the Black community and aims to uncover hidden histories of Black communities.
Board of Deputies of British Jews
Protects and supports the interests, religious rights and customs of Jews in the UK. The education department monitors trends in education and ensures sensitivity to Jewish needs within the national education system.
6 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LP
Cambodian Society in the UK
CASUNIK’s primary aim is to help, guide and assist any Cambodian living or visiting the United Kingdom as well as any person related to Cambodia or Cambodians. CASUNIK was founded by students, immigrants and diplomatic staff who were stranded by the events of the civil war as Pol Pot started Year Zero and cut off all international relationships in 1975. Since the re-instatement of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, CASUNIK has enjoyed a close working relationship and cooperation on a non-political basis.
Centre for Holocaust Education, Institute of Education
The IOE's Centre for Holocaust Education is leading world-class research on Holocaust education, delivering free professional development for teachers across England, and providing high-quality and effective teaching and learning resources.
Child Survivors Association – AJR
The Child Survivors Association – AJR represents a group of child survivors of the Holocaust and their partners which arranges regular meetings. It is a Special Interest Group of the Association of Jewish Refugees. For more details contact Henri on 020 8954 5298 or email H.Obstfeld@talk21.com
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is the umbrella body for all the major Christian Churches in Britain and Ireland. It liaises with ecumenical bodies in Britain and Ireland as well as ecumenical organisations at European and world levels.
The Claims Conference was set up in 1951 to negotiate compensation and lost assets taken by the Nazis during the Holocaust. They also obtain funds for relief, rehabilitation and resettlement of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Inc. (Claims Conference)
The Council of Christians and Jews
The Council of Christians and Jews was founded in 1942. Against a background of the Second World War and the Holocaust, Chief Rabbi Hertz and Archbishop William Temple decided to take an initiative that would bring Christians and Jews together to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice in Britain. Today CCJ has more than 50 branches throughout the UK and continues to enjoy support at all levels. CCJ works with Christian and Jewish communities to promote mutual understanding and combat prejudice and anti-Semitism.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all. The Equality and Human Rights Commission was established on 1 October 2007 and carries on the work of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission which have now been abolished.
Football for Hope, Peace and Unity
Football for Hope, Peace & Unity (FHPU) was born out of Rwandan Genocide survivor Eric Murangwa Eugene’s initiative and vision. As a Rwandan and a former football player, he has come to realise that the 'beautiful game' could be useful as a tool to build a long-lasting peace among his people.
The Forum for Yom Ha Shoah
For all enquiries relating to Yom Ha Shoah, the annual Jewish day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust, please contact the Forum.
The Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) is the largest umbrella body for British Hindus with over 270 member organisations from different regions around the country. HFB’s main activities are public policy and community consultation for the government; capacity building and project development for the Hindu community; and developing good interfaith relations with other faith communities to build a cohesive and inclusive Britain.
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme
The Outreach Programme was created in 2005 at the request of the United Nations General Assembly to remind the world of the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.
Holocaust Educational Trust
HET works to promote knowledge of the Holocaust and its relevance for today and provides an outreach programme including educator-led workshops and survivor speakers. The Lessons from Auschwitz Course for teachers and post-16 students incorporate a visit to the former Nazi camp and pre and post-visit seminars.
Holocaust Survivors Centre
The Holocaust Survivors Centre is part of Jewish Care and is a Jewish Social Centre for Survivors who lived in Europe or came to Britain as refugees. The centre offers a varied social programme including art and creative writing classes, outings to theatre, as well as a drop in cafe facility for informal get-togethers. The centre also offers practical advice and befriending. Survivor testimonies are recorded and public speaking skills developed.
Melanie Gotlieb & Rachelle Lazarus
Corner of Church Road & Parson Street, Hendon, NW4 1QA
Tel: 020 8202 9844
The Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association
The HSFA is a Leeds-based charity set up in 1996. Their primary aim is to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and use its lessons to work towards a more tolerant society in which difference and diversity are celebrated. HSFA members regularly visit schools to give living witness accounts of their personal experiences as refugees, hidden children and survivors of Nazi concentration camps.
Hope Survivors Foundation
Hope Survivors Foundation is an UK-based organisation, founded by survivors of the Rwandan genocide, with their supporters and friends. Formerly operating as IBUKA (UK), Hope Survivors Foundation is continuing with the same mission and objectives as before – to support survivors of the genocide in Rwanda and to raise awareness of the genocide and contribute to a world free from genocide and crimes against humanity.
Imperial War Museum London (The Holocaust Exhibition)
The Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum receives around 700 visitors daily, and features archival material and testimony to describe the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups. Surrounding galleries tell the wider story of conflict since 1914.
Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
Inter Faith Network for UK
The Inter Faith Network for the UK was founded in 1987 to promote good relations between people of different faiths in this country. Its member organisations include representative bodies from the Baha’i; Buddhist; Christian; Hindu; Jain; Jewish; Muslim; Sikh; and Zoroastrian communities; national and local inter faith bodies; and academic institutions and educational bodies concerned with inter faith issues.
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
IHRA is an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally. IHRA was formerly called the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, or ITF.
There were 25,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany in 1933. Thousands suffered in Nazi prisons and camps. Unlike other prisoners, each Witness could be set free simply by signing a statement renouncing his faith. They were the only religious group to take a consistent, organised stand against the Nazi regime. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Britain offer the Jehovah’s Witnesses Stand Firm against Nazi Assault teaching pack.
Jewish Museum, London
The Jewish Museum aims to increase knowledge and understanding of Jewish history, culture and religious life, as part of Britain’s diverse heritage. The London Museum of Jewish Life was founded in 1983 as the Museum of the Jewish East End, with the aim of rescuing and preserving the disappearing heritage of London’s East End – the heartland of Jewish settlement in Britain. While the East End has remained an important focus, the Museum expanded to reflect the diverse roots and social history of Jewish people across London. It also developed an acclaimed programme of Holocaust and anti-racist education.
Jewish Music Institute
The Jewish Music Institute is dedicated to the celebration, preservation and development of the living heritage of Jewish music for the benefit of all. JMI Forums such as the International Forum for Suppressed Music, the International Forum for Yiddish Culture and the Forum for the Promotion of Arab-Jewish Dialogue Through Music, provide an international focus for study and musicianship.
A special interest group of the Association of Jewish Refugees, the Kindertransport represent the children who fled Nazi-controlled Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia between 1938 and 1939 and prior to the start of the Second World War.
Contact can be made through the offices of the AJR or with Bertha on 020 8952 4280 or Hermann on 020 8427 6754
LGBT History Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Month takes place in the UK every February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.
London Jewish Cultural Centre
The London Jewish Cultural Centre works to promote anti-racist education and citizenship initiatives. Its cultural and educational programmes are aimed at a broad audience of Jews and non-Jews, encouraging inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and activities. They work with Holocaust survivors who tell their stories to students in schools and colleges throughout the UK. The LJCC aims to build bridges between the Jewish experience of persecution and racism and that faced by those persecuted today, whether because of race, ethnicity or cultural difference.
The LJCC run the The Holocaust Explained
website, to help students with their school work, both in school and at home and is designed to support the school curriculum. The site has images (pictures, maps, videos, diagrams) to help explain concepts and events. There is text to describe the historical events and ‘reflective learning activities’ to enhance students’ understanding of the issues and concepts. Suitable for KS3 / KS4 / KS5
Manchester Jewish Museum
Manchester Jewish Museum contains the History, culture and religion of Manchester Jewry. The Holocaust is featured as it impacted upon people who came to Manchester before 1939 or who survived to leave testimonies on tape and written form. They have a number of resources about the Holocaust and can put people in contact with survivors.
Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M8 8LW
National Holocaust Centre
The National Holocaust Centre was Britain’s first dedicated Holocaust Memorial and Education centre and supports anyone needing resource and ideas for commemoration. Resources designed for commemoration are available. The National Holocaust Centre is also open for individual and group visits.
Laxton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0PA
National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round Centre of Remembrance, located in Staffordshire. It honours those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways. The 50,000 trees and the more than 200 dedicated memorials on the site make the Arboretum a living tribute that acknowledges the personal sacrifices made by the British Armed Forces, civil services, and others who have died in particular circumstances, including children. There are many memorials relevant to the Holocaust, including a tree planted in memory of Anne Frank. Each year the National Memorial Arboretum commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day as part of its daily Act of Remembrance.
URUMURI Assocation are the UK based association of Rwandan survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Their website is still under construction but you can sign up to their newsletter to be the first to hear.
The Refugee Council
The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. The Refugee Council not only gives help and support, but also works with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.
René Cassin is a human rights NGO that uses the experience of the Jewish people, and positive Jewish values, to campaign and educate on universal human rights issues such as discrimination, detention, and genocide.
Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism charity, which was established in January 1996. The aim of the organisation is to produce anti-racist educational resources, which harness the high profile of professional footballers to combat racism.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Established in 1998, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust invests in young people whose aspirations and life chances are constrained by economic, cultural and social hardship, brroadens access to the architectural, planning and associated professions and promotes equality, diversity and social cohesion.
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, The Stephen Lawrence Centre, 39 Brookmill Road, London, SE8 4HU
Survivors Fund (SURF)
SURF was established in 1997 to assist survivors of the Rwandan genocide, and works through survivor-led partner organisations in Rwanda to address the complex needs of survivors. SURF’s vision is a world where the rights and dignity of survivors are respected, its mission is to rebuild a sense of self and trust in humanity amongst survivors. Survivors Fund has free resources on the Rwanda genocide available to download on its website.
Union of Jewish Students (UJS)
UJS is the representative body for over 8,500 Jewish students studying in the UK and Ireland. By students, for students, UJS is the only peer-led Jewish student organisation. UJS is cross-communal; reform, orthodox, secular, religious, left, right; UJS unites Jewish students.
UJS delivers powerful campaigns defending Jewish students’ interests; diverse and dynamic programmes for enriching Jewish life on campus; inspiring national events; access to kosher accommodation and food, safe vibrant spaces for J-Soc activities; and career networking opportunities.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The USHMM is one of the largest and most respected Holocaust memorial museums in the world.
USC Shoah Foundation Institute
Established in 1994 by Steven Spielberg to collect and preserve the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world. The Institute is part of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California; its mission is to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry — and the suffering they cause — through the educational use of the Institute’s visual history testimonies.
Waging Peace works to inform governments and citizens about the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. It investigates and exposes systematic and grave violations of human rights, making recommendations to decision-makers, the media and the public.
The Wiener Library is the world’s oldest Holocaust memorial institution, tracing its history back to 1933. It collects material related to the Holocaust, its causes and legacies.
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5PD
Based in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem is the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust and the world centre for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust.
Yad Vashem UK Foundation
Yad Vashem UK Foundation believes in the importance of educating, imparting and bequeathing to future generations the legacy of the Holocaust. They support the work of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and they strive to raise public awareness by initiating their supporting educational programmes from a Jewish perspective, for Holocaust educators, teachers and students.