Holocaust Memorial Day is an international commemoration which takes place each year on 27 January. Next week, Eton is commemorating this day with a series of events. In advance of this, Press Officer Jamie G learnt more about the day.

As a school we believe in the importance of learning, discussing, and remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 at Eton will see Steven Frank, a Holocaust Survivor who was incarcerated in three death camps: Barnevald, Westerbork, and Terezin (Theresienstadt), speaking to the community. His father was arrested by the Gestapo and died in a concentration camp.

We will also welcome the Directors of the National Holocaust Centre, who will work with pupils to discover the dangers of fake news and conspiracy theories through extraordinary artefacts. These two events will take place on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day and are open to pupils, staff and members of the Eton community.

Each year, we come together to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, and to remember and honour the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under the Nazi dictatorship, and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January each year, a day that marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

We stand with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s message that “HMD is for everyone”, and this year’s message: ‘light the darkness’. Across the UK, Holocaust Memorial Day inspires thousands of people to come together, learn more about the past, and work to create a safer and more inclusive future.