27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, in 1945. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust as well as on subsequent genocides, and to consider the importance of respecting diversity today. The theme this year is ‘The power of words?’ – how language has been used in the past, as well as how it is used in the present day.
You can mark this important day in your school by using the wide range of resources available.
You can visit the HMD website to find out more about HMD and events happening in England, and order or download a 2018 activity pack. There are also other resources on this website that celebrate the lives and cultures of those affected by genocide:
The Holocaust Education Trust focuses on the Holocaust itself and has many resources suitable for Key Stage 3 and above, as well as some for Key Stage 2 – log in free:
Sadly genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination are still prevalent today and many people are having to flee their countries to escape persecution. You can investigate this further by using some of the following resources: