Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Published: 29th November 2023

27 January 2024 is Holocaust Memorial Day, an annual event to recognise and remember the murder of six million Jews, as well as other victims of Nazi persecution including minority groups and political and ideological opponents. The day is also an opportunity to remember the other genocides that have been recognised since 1945. This year the day’s theme is ‘The Fragility of Freedom’, a timely idea in a world that appears to be forever plunging into darkness.

The HA is marking Holocaust Memorial Day with a number of our existing resources as usual, and a free event for teachers.

Webinar series: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UN Convention on Genocide

In addition, we also held a special webinar series over the winter of 2023/2024 looking at the impact of one of the important piece of legislation that emerged partly in response to the Holocaust. 9 December 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the passing of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (also known as the UN Convention on Genocide). This groundbreaking piece of international legislation has created a legacy for lawyers, politicians and historians ever since. Our webinar series brought together some of the UK’s leading experts on genocide studies to explore the Convention and the impact it has had.

What better way to understand the fragility of freedom than by understanding how the international frameworks that exist are able to protect or defend us when those freedoms are threatened?

Past Holocaust Memorial Day webinars

General resources

Secondary resources

Primary resources

Resources from other organisations

  • BEYOND 1190: the bigger story of York's Jewish communities (University of York) - a resource to share recent scholarship about Jewish life in York in the Middle Ages. The story of the terrible massacre of York's Jewish population in 1190 is widely taught. It is a local story with much wider historical resonance. Recent scholarship has revealed evidence that both deepens and makes more nuanced our knowledge of the Jews of York and England. 
  • Life before the Romani Genocide - images and descriptions about life for Romani people in the 1920s and 30s.