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Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

On 27 January, we will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day - a day to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

This year's theme is Ordinary People, reflecting that genocide is facilitated by ordinary people. Ordinary people turn a blind eye, believe propaganda and join murderous regimes, and ordinary people are persecuted, oppressed and murdered in genocide.

Get involved

There are a number of events taking place at the Students' Union and in the city centre that you can take part in.

Holocaust Memorial Day Vigil

Thursday 26 January, 5:15pm-7pm

Sheffield City Council are hosting a Holocaust Memorial Day Vigil at the Winter Gardens.

The event will feature a host of speakers including: the Mayor of South Yorkshire Oliver Coppard, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Sioned Mair Richards, and Holocaust Refugee Ruth Schwiening.

View event programme (PDF)

Ordinary People: A Holocaust Memorial Day talk and round table discussion

Monday 30 January, 12pm-2pm

The Multifaith Chaplaincy are hosting an event at The HUBS (Stage) where Philip Spencer, Emeritus Professor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kingston University, will talk about The Holocaust and current genocides.

Following this, Martin Bandel, whose father is a Holocaust survivor, will share his father's story.

Both talks will be followed by a round table discussion.

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided, but you are welcome to bring along your own lunch.

Reserve your place

Find out more about how you can get involved in Holocaust Memorial Day 2023.