Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 took place on Sunday 27 January, remembering the genocide of 6 million Jews and other groups which did not fit with Hitler’s  ideal of a purebred Aryan race, during World War 2.

The Memorial Day also remembers others killed in genocide attacks subsequently, including in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust maintains a website with information about genocide, so that the horror is not forgotten or minimised, and the lessons learned in the immediate aftermaths of these events are not forgotten by future generations.

The Trust conducted a poll to discover the extent of knowledge in the UK about the Holocaust, and the findings are shocking.

  • 5% of British adults do not believe the Holocaust happened
  • 8% believe that the scale of the genocide has been exaggerated
  • 64% do not know how many Jews were murdered, or grossly underestimate the number

On a more positive note,

  • 83% say it’s important to know about the Holocaust
  • 84% believe that we can all learn lessons for today from the past
  • 76% believe more needs to be done to educate people about what happened.

You can read a report by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on the survey on their website, where there is also plentiful information about the Holocaust and other genocides, including life stories, schools and youth resources and resources for those with special needs.