Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

Keep the memory alive was the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015. Seventy commemorative candles designed by Sir Anish Kapoor were lit in every part of the UK, to represent the 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Our free resources helped 3,614 people hold commemorative activities and engage their community in the powerful messages of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Memory Makers

Our Memory Makers project pairs Holocaust and genocide survivors with nine British artists, who will explore their stories through writing, poetry, film, ceramics, illustration and collage for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015. Memory Makers ensures that survivors’ experiences are not lost to history, and that a new generation can engage with these important stories of genocide.


Keep the memory alive is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

27 January 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 2015 will also be the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. It is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory. To find out more about the theme, read the 2015 theme vision.

We are asking you to:

Artworks will be revealed in January, ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2015.

Explore our Get involved guides

Each year we produce Get involved guides that are provide specifc avdvice to a variety of sectors, ensuring that activity organisers can make the most of their event and keep it relevant to the theme.

Activity templates

Our new activity templates will help you to organise an activity based on the amount of time you have available. 

Exploring HMD through either book or film can be very powerful and a great way for people to engage with the subject matter. We have produced two guides to help you mark Holocaust Memorial Day in this way.


Our activities give you even more ideas for marking Holocaust Memorial Day, and engaging with the 2015 theme Keep the memory alive.

Life stories for HMD 2015

Joan Salter
Survivor of the Holocaust

‘The most poignant reminder of all from the past is a photograph I found at the Portuguese Red Cross archive. It is of a group of 14 children… At the front is a skinny little girl of three-and-a-half. This is Fanny Zimetbaum – the child I was once.’

David Berger
Murdered in the Holocaust

‘If something happens, I would want there to be somebody who would remember that someone named D. Berger had once lived.  This will make things easier for me in the difficult moments.’ 


Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oneg Shabbat Archive
Murdered in the Holocaust

‘We reached the conclusion that the Germans took very little interest in what the Jews were doing amongst themselves… it was not surprising that the work of Oneg Shabbat could develop successfully.’ 


Ceija Stoyka (Chaya Stoyka)
Roma survivor of Nazi Persecution

‘I remember Auschwitz every waking moment of my life.’ 


Arn Chorn-Pond
Survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia.

‘I come from a family of performers; I am the only one left.’


Eric Eugene Murangwa
Survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda

‘Zuzu, a person who tortured, raped and murdered many Tutsis, became Eric’s saviour not once, but twice. Why? Zuzu’s passion was Rayon Sports.’ 


Safet Vukalić
Survivor of the Genocide in Bosnia

‘Yes, it happened.  And people think ‘oh, it’s fine now.’ Well, to me, the only thing that’s happened, there’s no concentration camps, and the war has stopped. Still division exists; the country is divided, my town is in a part that’s occupied by Serbs.’

Josh Whatsize
The Holocaust Memorial Day Lead Youth Champion.

‘The experience of meeting many survivors, who have empowered me and inspired me, is something I will never forget. I aim to instil this in other young people, ensuring those personal stories told to me are always retold and that I keep their memories alive.'


The Holocaust Centre Memorial Garden        
The memorial garden in the grounds of the Holocaust Centre in Laxton.

‘Those of us who were present at the opening of the Beth Shalom Centre were full of admiration that of all places, such a centre could have been established in Sherwood Forest, and that it was entirely due to one family, a non-Jewish family.' - Ben Helfgott MBE, Holocaust survivor 

The Srebenica-Potočari Memorial Centre and Cemetery to the Victims of the 1995 Genocide

A memorial in Srebenica, Bosnia to the 8,000 men and boys killed in the 1995 genocide during the Bosnia War.

We pray to almighty God,
                             May grievance become hope
                              May revenge become justice
                              May mothers' tears become prayers
                              That Srebrenica
                              Never happens again
                              To no one and nowhere 

'6 million +' - The Button Memorial
A memorial of six million buttons to commemorate the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

‘The memorial’s purpose is to ‘ignite and flame confidence, hope and passion, encouraging people to stand up as individuals and in groups to make a positive difference to the lives of others’.’ 

Even more resources

We have a wealth of free resources available for you to use as part of your activity. From films of survivor testimony to book and film suggestions, downloadable exhibitions, podcasts and screensavers and much more.

Regional and National Support Workers

Your Regional and National Support Workers are here to provide you with advice and opportunities specific to your region. This year support workers will be representing the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust within Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as throughout seven regions in the UK: the East Midlands, the East of England, the North East, the North West, the South West and Yorkshire and Yorkshire and the Humber.  If you live in one of these areas then get in touch to see how your Support Worker can help you.

If your region falls outside of those covered by a support worker, then please contact the team by calling 020 7785 7029 or emailing enquiries@hmd.org.uk.