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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

Every year at the end of January the world commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day. The day provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. On Holocaust Memorial Day 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 UK today. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is a charity which works to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day. They promote and encourage participation in Holocaust Memorial Day by providing free resources, running free workshops across the UK and producing the annual theme for Holocaust Memorial Day. 


Holocaust Memorial Day events in Wellingborough for 2021

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day service and events will unfortunately not take place due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, following discussions between Borough Council of Wellingborough and the Wellingborough Holocaust Memorial Day Committee.

In recent years the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Wellingborough Museum, and a committee of volunteers have organised a string of events taking place across the borough to honour Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place annually on 27 January. This day of remembrance brings communities together to mark the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi camp.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust will be hosting a virtual ceremony on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm and you can register to receive the link to the event at https://www.hmd.org.uk/uk-holocaust-memorial-day-2021-ceremony/ The Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Jon Paul Carr and Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths will pay their respects at a private event on behalf of the council in line with social distancing guidelines and current lockdown restrictions.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is ‘Be the light in the darkness’ and encourages everyone to reflect on the dark depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide

Mayor of Wellingborough, Councillor Jon Paul Carr said: “It is disappointing that we are unable to hold the memorial service at Swanspool Gardens, however we must think of the safety of the public during this time and adhere to Government guidance.

“Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and gives us all an opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and perished at the hands of the Nazis and also in more recent genocides. Marking Holocaust Memorial Day ensures that the horrendous crimes of racism and victimisation committed are never forgotten.

“ Holocaust Memorial Day enables us to remember – for a purpose. It gives us a responsibility to work for a safer, better, future for everyone. Everyone can step up and use their talents to tackle prejudice, discrimination and intolerance wherever we encounter them.”




Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

 In 2015 Wellingborough was chosen to light one of 70 candles to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The candle was lit during a special service on Sunday 25 January in the town’s Swanspool Gardens. Candles were also lit at similar events across the UK to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.  

Wellingborough was chosen from hundreds of applications to light one of the candles, which have been created by internationally renowned sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor.

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “Sir Anish has created a beautiful candle to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. When all 70 candles are lit throughout the country it will be a poignant moment of remembrance and a time for us all to ensure we keep the memory alive.”

The following link shows a short news interview.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

Rudi Oppenheimer, survivor of Bergen Belson returned to Wellingborough to share his testimony, followed by A Suitcase of Stories, presented by whatabout:theatre and directed by Sarah Chiswell- Hornett.

On Sunday 26th January, a remembrance event took place by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens. Thank you to The Castle, Wellingborough MuseumVictoria Centre, Holocaust Education Trust, and Jacqui Norton for their contributions and support.



Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

Holocaust survivor Elke Hannah gave her lecture at Wellingborough Museum as part of a visit organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and its theme of 'Communities Together - Building a Bridge'.

Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp. To remember those who were persecuted and perished at the hands of the Nazis and in more recent genocides, hundreds of events are being held across the country. The aim of the day is to motivate people both individually and collectively, to ensure that the horrendous crimes of racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust are never forgotten.

Elke's lecture was just one event being held to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Wellingborough. The Castle's youth theatre group also performed a piece called War Child, which is a play inspired by poetry and drawings showing the courage of Jewish children during the Holocaust at the Terezin concentration camp in Prague.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 was marked with a series of events in Wellingborough, including a survivor's account of his time at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Professor Ladislaus Löb, who was sent to the camp following the German army's occupation of Hungary in 1944, came to Wellingborough Museum on Saturday 28 January to tell his story. His visit had been organised as part of Holocaust Memorial Day, a national occasion that sees hundreds of events being held across the country to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Following Professor Löb's talk at the museum, The Castle Youth Theatre took to the stage to perform a play inspired by the courage of Anne Frank.