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Holocaust Memorial Day

We will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in 2025 to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur.

HMD 2024 marked the 30th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and this year’s theme was Fragility of Freedom. This reflected on how freedom is fragile and vulnerable to abuse. Genocide never just happens, there are always a set of circumstances which occur or are created to build the climate within which it can take place.

The ceremony will be recorded and shared via our Facebook and You Tube channel.

Residents are invited to join the Light the Darkness National Moment at 8pm where people can light candles and place them safely in their windows to stand against prejudice and hatred today.
To mark the day community groups and dignitaries will come together for a ceremony in the Great Hall, within the Guildhall, Northampton. See the full programme of events below.

The Great Hall

Refreshments and Challah Bread

Welcome: Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Suzy Van Rooyen

Chair of West Northants John Shephard


Introduction— Leader of West Northants Cllr Jonathan Nunn

Cllr Sam Rumens and Pastor Volker Landig

School Performance 

Northamptonshire Police / Fire

ACC Ash Tuckley and ACFPO Simon Tuhill

Daniel Tabor
Chair of Northampton Inter Faith Forum

School Performance

Statements of Commitment 
Council’s Youth Forum  

Speech and Memorial Prayers lead by Michael Necus, President of the Jewish Community

Two Minute Silence

Blowing of the Shofar by Bruce Greenberg


The Courtyard

Laying of Flowers and Lighting of Candle

Last updated 29 January 2024