Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated each year on or around 27 January. This is the date on which the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945.

About the Holocaust Memorial Day

The commemoration offers modern society the opportunity to remember those who suffered and died during the Holocaust in World War II, including those still living with the consequences. It also reflects on the lessons to be learned bearing in mind the repetition of human tragedies and the continuation of different forms of intolerance and genocides which have occurred in different parts of the world.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Pictured L-R , Rev David Kale (rep from the Jewish community) Laura Marks, Chair of the HMDT, Head of the Northern Civil Service, David Sterling, Olivia Marks-Woldman, CEO HMDT, with Holocaust survivor Joan Salter MBE, at the Holocaust memorial event
Pictured L-R , Rev David Kale (rep from the Jewish community) Laura Marks, Chair of the HMDT, Head of the Northern Civil Service, David Sterling, Olivia Marks-Woldman, CEO HMDT, with Holocaust survivor Joan Salter MBE, at the Holocaust memorial event

A Holocaust Memorial Day event was held in Belfast City Hall on 24 January 2019 to mark 74 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The event was hosted by The Executive Office in collaboration with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Belfast City Council.

A link to the video of the commemoration event can be accessed below:

Local participation

Holocaust Memorial Day is organised in Northern Ireland each year by The Executive Office in co-operation with representatives of the Belfast Jewish Community, Council of Christians and Jews, Disability Action, Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities and Coalition on Sexual Orientation and of the local council for the area where the ceremony is held.

Belfast’s first participation in marking Holocaust Memorial Day occurred in 2002 when a Northern Ireland Regional Commemoration was held in the Waterfront Hall. Subsequent regional commemorations have been held each year in various locations in Northern Ireland.

Further information

Further information is available from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), a charity which promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day; or the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland which aims to teach about the Holocaust and its consequences.

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