Holocaust Memorial Day 2023
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place every year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It is an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It is an occasion for everyone to come together to learn, remember and reflect.
Every year, a theme is selected for HMD and this year it is Ordinary People. Ordinary people were involved in all aspects of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and in the genocides that took place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Ordinary people were perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, witnesses – and ordinary people were victims.
Local Events and Activities
There is a service at Exeter Cathedral.
The Book Thief (12A) - Rent on Amazon
Sarah’s Key (12) - Rent on Amazon
Denial (12A) - Rent on Amazon
Another Mother’s Son (12) Rent on Amazon
First the Killed my Father (15) - Netflix
Tree of Peace (18) - Netflix
For obvious reasons, these film deal with very difficult themes and you should be prepared for that before you start watching. Our advice for watching films like these:
- Check the age certificate and parent’s guide (e.g. on IMDB) before you watch it to know how explicit or violent the depictions will be.
- Choose a good time to watch it (maybe not before bed) and watch it with other people. Feel able to pause the film if you need to.
- After finishing the film, take time to discuss, reflect, and respond.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has also provided a film screening guide.