Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27. Alex Murphy offers some ideas and resources for how to mark the event in your school

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on January 27 every year. It is the day in 1945 when the Russian army reached the concentration camp Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland.

It is the day to remember those murdered in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and also in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

In January 2018 there were more than 4,500 school activities to mark the day, including assemblies, lesson plans, projects and events.

Marking HMD can have a big impact on students’ knowledge and understanding, empathy and attitudes towards people from different backgrounds, as well as increasing their desire to take part in positive social action.

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