Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Join us in marking Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January. Candles flicker above the text

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, a day to mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and an opportunity to remember all those who died in the Holocaust and other genocides around the world.

Disabled people were amongst those who were first targeted by the Nazi regime, with hundreds of thousands being subject to forced sterilisation. An estimated quarter of a million disabled people were killed in the T4 camps.

Today provides an opportunity to remember those people. 

Join us in marking Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January. Candles flicker above the text

Through this year’s theme – ‘Be the light in the darkness’ – the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust asks everyone to consider different kinds of darkness, and ways in which it can be remedied with light, such as acts of solidarity and resilience. 

The HMD Trust invites members of the public to light a candle in their windows at 8pm this evening, January 27, to create a national moment of light in the darkness.

This will signal a touching end to this year’s virtual UK Commemorative Ceremony for National Holocaust Memorial Day which starts at 7pm. You can register to watch the ceremony here: hmdt.geteventaccess.com/registration.

A recording of this year’s annual Wales National Ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will also be available online on Cardiff Council’s YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Holocaust, we have collated a list of links and resources below to ensure that disabled people are involved in the remembrance and the significance of this day. 

A crowd of wounded war veterans and other disabled people gathered beside an army tank. Tall walls enclose the space and a guard / watch tower is seen in the background

The terrible acts of persecution that were driven by discrimination are sadly not reserved to the pages of history. So let’s remember the 250,000+ disabled people that were killed, and stand together against division, prejudice and hate today. 

Links and resources

If you are aware of any accessible resources about the Holocaust, we would really appreciate if you could send them our way. We’ll continue to update this page with useful links and resources. 

We must never forget.

Hate crime 

On Holocaust Memorial Day, it’s more important than ever to stand against prejudice and hate.

You can report hate incidents, including disability hate crimes, to Victim Support or the police. 

Report Hate Wales, run by Victim Support, is here to support you. You can find out more on their website.

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