Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.  Richmond Council commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day and in 2020 will be marking the 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  


There are several events taking place to mark this anniversary and opportunities for you to take part to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

75 memorials Stand together Finding Ivy  Choral workshop   Ashirah​ - I will sing 


Wednesday 15 January to Sunday 2 February

75 memorials – a community remembers: an art exhibition at the Landmark Arts Centre

January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In commemoration of this major anniversary, London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, working with the Landmark Arts Centre, will be showcasing artwork, poetry and prose submitted by schools, community groups and individuals from across the borough.

This exhibition will be a moving commemoration of the Holocaust and, by featuring work from many different areas of our community, a fitting reflection on the national theme for the 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day: Stand Together.

Event details:

  • Date: Wednesday 15 January to Sunday 2 February 2020
  • Time: 10am to  3pm
  • Location: Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Rd, Teddington TW11 9NN

Sunday 26 January

Orange Tree Youth Theatre; Stand Together

Two of the Orange Tree Youth Theatre groups have been exploring the theme of standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day in their weekly sessions. Join us for two short brand new pieces of theatre that have been created from scratch by young people.

Event details: 

  • Date: Sunday 26 January
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SA
  • Cost: A free, ticketed event.
  • To book: online from the Orange Tree Theatre website.

Monday 27 January

Finding Ivy and Aktion T4

Finding Ivy: From Belonging and alienation and back again. The story of one victim of the Aktion T4 programme. Ivy was born in the UK and in 1930 went to live in an institution in Vienna. In the summer of 1940, she was killed at Hartheim castle near Linz. Different historical material has been used to tell Ivy’s story including photographs, church records, census reports and newspapers.

Aktion T4: The Aktion T4 Nazi Euthanasia programme was responsible for the murder of approximately 275,000 people with learning disabilities. In this 30-minute documentary film, Berge Kanikanian who has Down’s syndrome, travels to Poland and Germany to visit the sites of euthanasia centres and speaks to researchers and historians.

Please note this film is not suitable for anyone under 16 years of age.

Event details: 

  • Date: Monday 27 January
  • Time: 2 to 5pm
  • Speakers: Helen Atherton and Florian Schwanninger
  • Location: Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, Normansfield, 2A Landgon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS
  • Website: langdondownmuseum.org.uk
  • Cost: Free
  • To book: Booking not required

Sunday 2 February

Choral Workshop

A special choral workshop celebrating Jewish musical culture, in particular that of East European Jews, marking the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. A wide range of material, sacred and secular, traditional and new will be explored in Hebrew and Yiddish, but no knowledge of the languages is necessary. Enjoy singing in a warm-hearted atmosphere under the guidance of one of the world's most charismatic and inspiring Jewish choir directors.

All singers are welcome, although you will need to be able to follow the written music and be prepared to learn by ear. Singers will also be expected to take part in the evening concert at 6pm on the same day.
Our thanks to Sir Francis and Lady Jacobs for their kind donation to support this workshop.

Event details:

Ashirah - I will sing: Jewish music

An evening to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. With a special concert of Jewish secular and sacred music sung in Yiddish and Hebrew by a community choir under the direction of Polina Shepherd, an expert in Yiddish choral music and an international Jewish performer and composer, originally from Russia. The concert will also feature Merlin Shepherd, one of the world's leading players of traditional East European Klezmer Clarinet.
Organised by London Borough of Richmond and Landmark Arts Centre in aid of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Landmark Arts Centre.

Event details:

  • Date: Sunday 2 February
  • Time: Doors and bar open at 5.15pm; concert begins at 6pm
  • Event website: landmarkartscentre.org 
  • Cost: £5 or Pay What you Can
  • To book: Visit wegottickets.com or call 020 8977 7558

Further resources

To learn more about HMD and how to take part in commemorations, please visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website. 

Updated: 16 January 2020