Holocaust Memorial Day

UCU commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) observed annually on 27 January. It does so in memory of the millions who were murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today.

HMD logo 2019

Holocaust Memorial Day is observed annually on January 27.  It is the day every year that we commemorate the memories of the millions who were murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is 'Torn from home' and encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call 'home' is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.  You can download the theme vision here https://www.hmd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/HMD-2019-theme-vision.pdf.

Please continue to let us know how your branch will be commemorating the day by emailing us at eqadmin@ucu.org.uk.  Below we outline a few ideas for planning an event and please do use our resources.  

HMD 2019 Event Planning Sheet [396kb]      HMD 2019 Event Planning Sheet [5Mb]    

UCU films to commemorate the Holocaust

UCU Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration (2013)

Our award-winning film, produced to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2013, provides personal testimonials of the Holocaust.

The film was accompanied by a short publication of testimonials by UCU members and others who survived genocides in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda

Holocaust Memorial Day: UCU member testimonials [2Mb]

Journeys to Safety: Memories of the Kindertransport (2014)

A short UCU film produced to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2014. Prior to World War II, many children made journeys through Europe to escape the Nazis and the growing wave of anti-Semitism. The memories of those who travelled to safety as part of the Kindertransport programme are shared. The film also marks the 75th Anniversary of the Kindertransport programme (1938 - 2013).

How can life go on - Holocaust Memorial Day (2017)

Our short film for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 provides a moving testimony by John Fieldsend, a Kindertransport child, reading the final letter, he and his brother received from his parents, after the war had ended.


Other available resources

UCU anti-semitism leaflet

UCU is committed to combating anti-semitism. It has produced a leaflet which has been revised in January 2015 on the subject for branches to use, which you can download below, or request a hard copy from eqadmin@ucu.org.uk.

UCU - challenging anti-semitism leaflet [67kb]

Holocaust Memorial Day offers an opportunity for reflection on past atrocities and the chance to come together to create a safer, better future. By focusing on memory, the theme will also enable us to challenge those who seek to deny the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Bosnian genocide

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Bosnian genocide (1995-2015), we produced a short publication outlining the events that led to the murder of around 8,000 men and boys. The single largest mass murder in Europe since 1945: Keep the memory alive: UCU commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian genocide [2Mb]

Remembering Rwanda

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide (1994-2014), we produced a short publication outlining the events that led to the slaughter of an estimated 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus over a period of 100 days from 7 April to 16 July 1994. The testimonial of Jean Bosco Ngabonzima delivered to UCU members in 2011 has also be reproduced. 

Remembering Rwanda: UCU Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 [187kb]

Reading/viewing materials

Holocaust Memorial Day suggested reading [214kb]

Holocaust Memorial Day wallchart

Holocaust Memorial Day wallchart The UCU Holocaust Memorial Day wallchart has been brought up to date and includes new sections about the recent fight against fascist organisations like the BNP and EDL. This resource can be used in your institution to educate against the dangers of anti-Semitism, fascism and racial discrimination. 

Holocaust Wall Chart [1Mb]

Links to external organisations

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust   
Holocaust Educational Trust       
The Wiener Library           
The Jewish Museum           
The Holocaust Centre       
SURF Survivors Fund       

Last updated: 11 September 2018