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 Sunday in 2019, we are planning activities on the following day to enable all religious communities to fully participate. To commemorate HMD we will hold a candlelit vigil on Monday 28th 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 21 January and Monday 28 January there will be a collection of posters and artwork displayed in the Winter Garden, including an exhibition from Sheffield Reform Synagogue.
2019 Theme: Torn From Home
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust offers the theme Torn from home to encourage 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. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. On HMD 2019 we will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.
HMD 2019 will include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994. HMD activity organisers may particularly want to acknowledge this milestone anniversary, and reflect on how this theme impacts on members of the Rwandan community.
To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2019, Showroom Cinema will be screening the challenging but vital and thought provoking documentary MY NAZI LEGACY, which explores the different ways in which the elderly sons of two Nazi war criminals have both dealt with the actions of their fathers. This screening will feature an introduction from a Holocaust studies researcher from the University of Sheffield, and there will be a space available in the Showroom’s café for further informal discussion after the film.
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.