Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 2001 as an international day to remember the victims of genocide and is observed on 27th January every year, coinciding with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.

As with every year since Holocaust Memorial Day was established, Derby will hold a series of events along this year’s theme ‘Stand Together’, set by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Members of the public are welcome at all events in this programme, though advance booking is advised for some to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 26th January 6.30pm: Speaking Across the Divide’
Featuring guest speakers Derek Niemann, grandson of an SS Officer, and Noemie Lopian, daughter of two Holocaust survivors.

Ukrainian Centre, Charnwood Street, Derby.


Monday 27th January
3.00pm: A Service of Reflection and Act of Commemoration From The Bridge Chapel
A Service of Reflection and Act of Commemoration followed by a brief ceremony at the trees dedicated to Anne Frank and Olga Nahlak, located on Cathedral Green. Dignitaries, including the Mayor of Derby, will place small stones at the foot of each tree. All who wish to do so may take part and stones will be provided at the trees.

Bridge Chapel, Sowter Road, Derby, 3.00pm, free.

4.00pm: Reception in Commemoration of the Bosnian War and Srebrenica massacre
Reception in commemoration of the Bosnian War and Srebrenica massacre, with presentations by refugees. Some transport will be provided from the stone-setting to the reception, which is around a 15-minute walk from Cathedral Green.

Bosnia-Herzegovina Centre, Curzon Street Derby.

6.00pm – 7.00pm: A Service of Commemoration, Remembrance and Hope, with readings from the Bible and Qu’ran, the Jewish Kaddish (traditional Hebrew prayer for the dead), roll call of genocides and music from the Cathedral Choir. Includes involvement by local schools.

Derby Cathedral, Irongate, Derby.

7.30pm. An evening of commemoration and celebration
A diverse programme on this year’s theme, ‘Stand Together’ will include:

  • School HMD Poster Competition winners – presentation of prizes
  • Guest speakers Derek Niemann – grandson of a SS Officer and Noemie Lopian – daughter of two Holocaust survivors.
  • Dancing by Derby’s Bosnian community
  • Littleover Community School – Drama
  • Contribution from Derby Gypsy Liaison Group
  • a new poem written and read by award-winning Derby poet, Charles Whittaker
  • Music from an Iranian refugee family
  • Dancing by Derby’s renowned Ukrainian dance group ‘Hoverla’


Wednesday 29th January
9.30am: Showing of ‘Into the Arms of Strangers’
Narrated by Dame Judi Dench, this moving Oscar winning documentary tells of the extraordinary rescue operation that brought ten thousand children from German-held lands to Great Britain in the months prior to World War II.

The film is followed by a Q&A session with Barbara Dresner, the daughter of a Kindertransportee.

Whilst this showing is primarily for school groups, there are a limited number of tickets available for the public.

QUAD, Market Place, DE1 3AS, free but please book in advance. QUAD box office 01332 290606.

6.45pm: Showing of ‘Anne Frank: Parallel Stories’
Narrated by Helen Mirren telling the story of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her world-famous diary that has made the tragedy of the Holocaust known to readers all over the world. This emotive telling is entwined with the stories of five Holocaust survivors (Arianna Szorenyi, Sarah Lichsztejn-Montard, Helga Wiess and sisters Andra and Tatiana Bucci) who all endured deportation and suffering, but were fortunately able to go on and live the life that Anne was denied.

An evocative documentary, which brings Anne’s tragic, yet incredible, story to life and explores why this story has become such an historic journal that holds such great relevance today.

QUAD, Market Place, DE1 3AS, Tickets are £17, or £15 concessions. QUAD box office 01332 290606.

7.00pm: ‘From Memory to Hope’
Film screening of A Book In Six Chapters, plus Jewish music & song and Hoverla Ukrainian music and dance.

The Multifaith Centre, Kedleston Road, Derby.


Thursday 30th January 7.00pm: ‘Standing Together Against Fascism Today’
A meeting hosted by Derby Stand up to Racism, discussing how to combat the threat of fascism in Britain and Europe.

West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby.


Saturday 8th February 6.45pm: ‘Yiddish Revolutionaries’
Performed by Yoyvl (Phil Tomlinson, Adrian Dobson, Hannah Monteiro, Sue Cooper and Judy Sherwood), the songs take us from poverty to hope and resistance, telling us a story of the growth of the Jewish Left, supported by Klezmer music, readings and slides.

Friends Meeting House,56 St Helen’s Street Derby. Tickets £6 available on Eventbrite.