Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year and is a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or persecuted during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On Holocaust Memorial Day we honour the survivors of these atrocities and challenge ourselves to learn the lessons of their experiences to create a safer, better future.

This year the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is Don’t stand by. By remembering the Holocaust and subsequent genocides it’s hoped that HMD 2016 will encourage people today to consider the ways in which they can choose not to be bystanders, where we see prejudice and discrimination in contemporary society.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust are running sessions for people who may be interested in organising their own activities on the day.

People from libraries, local authorities, prisons, churches and other community groups who are planning to organise activities for HMD 2016 from all over Wales are encouraged to come to Swansea YMCA for the afternoon of Friday 16 October. The free sessions offer a valuable experience to attendees as they will hear powerful life stories of Holocaust and genocide survivors, participate in thought-provoking activities and discussions and explore the different ways that people can engage with HMD.

The organisation is also holding a dedicated Youth Workshop aimed at young people aged 14-24 who are interested in developing skills and raising awareness of HMD through organising events. This workshop will take place on Saturday 17 October between 12-3pm.

The full event details can be found here: http://hmd.org.uk/workshops

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