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Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a national event held to remember the millions of people who lost their lives or suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and also in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.


Portsmouth’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony will be held at The D-Day Story from 10.30am to 11.30am.

This year, the event will focus on the theme Stand Together, with the ceremony including readings, poetry, a short film and reflection from representatives of communities who have suffered or been persecuted as part of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

The ceremony will finish outdoors by the Holocaust Memorial Tree with a candle-lighting and a minute's silent reflection.

Other activities

HMD 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz as well as the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia, and the D-Day Story will play host to a number of other activities to commemorate the day.

  • Explore incredible artwork and see dance inspired by Holocaust literature that was created by students from the University of Portsmouth and Mayville School.
  • At 12.30pm, Antoinette Mushimiyimana, from the Ishami Foundation, will discuss her experience of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
  • Students from the University of Caen will present ‘digital objects’ inspired by events covered in the Christian Bernadac archives.

    A full timetable can be found on The D-Day Story website.


Entry to the museum and all activities are free on Holocaust Memorial Day. Donations are welcome.

To book the 12.30pm talk, email or call 023 9283 4744 / 4737.

Details correct at the time of writing. Check The D-Day Story website for latest information.