Every year in January, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001.

On HMD we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the world today.

Candlelit vigil & short films

As HMD falls on a Saturday in 2018, we are planning activities earlier in the week to enable religious communities to fully participate. To commemorate HMD we will hold a candlelit vigil on Thursday 25 January, 5.30pm to 7pm in the Winter Garden.

A selection of short films will be screened in the Winter Garden during the day, from 12pm to 4.30pm.


Between Monday 22 January and Monday 29 January there will be a collection of posters and artwork displayed in the Winter Garden.

2018 theme: The power of words

The central vision of HMD is to learn from the past in order to create a safer, better future. With the theme of ‘The power of words', HMD 2018 draws attention to how words can make a difference – both for good and evil.

Other events

Sheffield and District Reform Jewish Congregation is holding a live music event ‘Mir Zaynen Do! We Are Here!’ on Sunday 28 January 2018, 7.30pm at the Central United Reform Church.

Showroom Cinema will be screening the film ‘Europa Europa’ on Thursday 25 January, 8pm. The screening will include an introduction and discussion led by Dr Carmen Levick from The University of Sheffield.

Further information

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website has a range of resources, information and advice you need to participate in HMD. They also offer a selection of educational resources.

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