Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Never forget, never again Holocause Memorial Day 27 Jan text and a lighted candle

27 January 2020 9:00am–5:00pm


Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on 27 January.

This year is particularly significant as it marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Belsen.

The theme is ‘Stand Together’, a powerful expression of solidarity that is also at heart of the trade union movement’s response to fascism, antisemitism and the politics of hate.

HMD2020 is also marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has produced free guides and resources to help your workplace or UNISON branch organise events and activities around this theme. The trust has also created guides to getting involved that feature tailored advice to support trade unions and workplaces organising activities to mark Holocaust Memorial day.

To find out more, access a wide range of resources and order free activity packs, visit the trust’s website.

On 27 January UNISON will hold an event led by general secretary Dave Prentis together with HOPE not hate. A minute’s silence will be observed at 12 noon.

UNISON branches are encouraged to participate and hold a minute’s silence as well.

It is an opportunity to reflect on the lessons of history and to take action today.  We remember the precious lives lost and the deep grief felt by those who survived. We honour their memory by challenging anti-Semitism and hate, by remembering the victims of all genocides, and by working to ensure ‘Never Again’.

Stand together with us as we pledge to continue our work to challenge intolerance and prejudice wherever it is found, and affirm the indelible power of solidarity, love and compassion.