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Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 – Stand Together

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27 January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual commemoration which marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945. It’s a day when people around the world are encouraged to remember those murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides.

As well as being the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, 2020 will also be the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.

The theme this year is Stand Together. It explores how genocidal regimes have deliberately encouraged hatred against certain groups to split society, and how this division can be challenged by people standing together with their neighbours and speaking out against oppression.

Every year Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the past and about genocide. You can explore this year’s theme with the stories of bravery and resistance in our booklist. Reserve them to collect at your local library free of charge. You can also see how the Holocaust has been portrayed in comic form in We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust free to loan with your Essex library card.

36 libraries (listed below) will also be marking Holocaust Memorial Day with a display of information and life stories of survivors. Discover the full collection of life stories and find out more about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Libraries hosting a display:

Basildon
Billericay
Braintree
Brightlingsea
Broomfield
Canvey
Chelmsford
Coggeshall
Colchester
Dunmow
Earls Colne
Frinton
Galleywood
Great Baddow
Great Wakering
Greenstead
Harlow
Harwich
Hatfield Peverel
Ingatestone
Loughton
Manningtree
North Weald
Pitsea
Prettygate
Shenfield
South Woodham Ferrers
Tiptree
Waltham Abbey
Walton
West Clacton
West Mersea
Wickford
Witham
Wivenhoe
Writtle