Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is the charity established by the UK Government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in the UK. The UK played a leading role in establishing HMD as an international day of commemoration in 2000, when 46 governments signed the Stockholm Declaration.
HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK Commemorative Ceremony and more than 11,000 local activities taking place all across the UK on or around 27 January each year.
HMD is a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who were murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On HMD we honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and issue a challenge for us all to use the lessons of their experience to inform lives today. HMD is not simply about remembering. It is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. Discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.