Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

14 Jan 2020

PCS branches, groups, regions and equality fora are encouraged to organise events to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi extermination and concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. HMD also marks other genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

PCS echoes the aims of Holocaust Memorial Day, which is organised by charity the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT). This year’s theme is “Stand together” and we believe that there has never been a more important time to stand together united to prevent division at work and in our communities. The commemoration focuses on historical methods used by genocidal regimes to deliberately cause divisions in society and marginalise minority groups.

The key message is that holocaust and genocide can be the end result of a process beginning with discrimination, racism, hatred and exclusion. The rise of populism in the UK and abroad and the increased normalisation of discriminatory language used by those in the public eye, makes Holocaust Memorial Day even more important.

How you can take part

HMDT provides free resources, background information and ideas to support those organising events. Suggestions range from displaying information posters to holding larger events with food cooked from suggested recipes from affected areas. There are “get involved guides”, and other free resources and advice.  You can also call 020 7785 7029.

If you organise an event, remember to tell PCS at campaigns@pcs.org.uk and use hashtag #HMD2020.

You can also take part online and follow activities on Facebook and Twitter.

For further information or help on these campaigns contact PCS full-time officer Simon Elliott  

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