Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)

Holocaust Memorial Day is on 27th January every year, because this is the date when Auschwitz was liberated.

It is a day therefore when we not only remember specific events in the past when people were oppressed, but they were actually killed because of who they were, and these groups included Jews, Roma & Sinti, Disabled people, Gay people who were denied human rights and killed by the Nazi regime. Genocide is when a large number of people are killed on purpose, particularly because of their race, their religion or the colour of their skin.  To find a definition of Genocide go to: http://hmd.org.uk/page/holocaust-genocides

Since the Nazi Holocaust, there have sadly been Genocide atrocities repeatedly, and therefore on Holocaust Memorial Day we remember and hear testimony from Genocides, including from Cambodia, Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda, and also on the current plight of the Rohingya people in MyanMar because this ethinic Muslim group are denied the right to a nationality, and face severe restrictions regarding freedom of movement, access to education, their liveliehoods, and to practice their religion.  There is evidence of the burning of homes and massacre of these Roghingya civilians. For further information, Amnesty International is documenting the human rights situation: www.amnesty.org.uk/Rohingya

Historyworks will be producing the civic programme and educational workshops in Cambridge schools on behalf of Cambridge City Council.  For 2018, the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day is going to be the 'Power of Words'.  The civic event will be held at Cambridge Guildhall on the afternoon of Sunday 28th January 2018.  Helen Weinstein, Director of Historyworks, will be leading the education sessions and delivering the civic programme.

Historyworks will be collaborating closely with the poet, Michael Rosen, our 'poet in residence' for our history and poetry projects at Historyworks.  Michael Rosen has been commissioned by Helen Weinstein of Historyworks to write a poem on the 'power of words'.  

We've recently held a KS3 workshop for 330 students who attended at Coleridge Community College to be introduced to the theme of the Holocaust and reflecting on hate crimes through poetry.  To find the resources with Michael Rosen's poems which Historyworks has recorded for our schools to use as a resourcee, you can find this group of readings on the Audioboom channel at Historyworks here:


Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)


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