Holocaust Memorial Day 2022: Five online and in-person events in London

Here are five in person and online events happening in London on Thursday to commemorate survivors and victims of the Holocaust.
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Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on January 27 to commemorate the the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.

It also pays tribute to the millions of other innocent victims killed in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK is “One Day,” a concept deliberately left open to interpretation.

Candle lighting at the UK Holocaust Memorial Day in London in 2020 - the last time in-person events were held. Credit: CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesCandle lighting at the UK Holocaust Memorial Day in London in 2020 - the last time in-person events were held. Credit: CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Candle lighting at the UK Holocaust Memorial Day in London in 2020 - the last time in-person events were held. Credit: CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

One way of exploring the themes could be putting aside one day to come together to remember, to learn about, and reflect on the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the genocides that followed.

Here are five in-person and online events happening in London, to commemorate survivors and victims of the Holocaust.

Leon Greenman OBE was a British anti-fascism campaigner and survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Credit: Jewish MuseumLeon Greenman OBE was a British anti-fascism campaigner and survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Credit: Jewish Museum
Leon Greenman OBE was a British anti-fascism campaigner and survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Credit: Jewish Museum

Holocaust Memorial Day secondary schools broadcast

Jewish Museum London 11.30am to 12pm Online event: Free

The Jewish Museum in London is hosting a free online talk for secondary school students in London. Students will have the chance to explore the life of one survivor through his artistic expression to better understand the Holocaust.

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In line with this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme “One Day”, this object talk will explore a piece of artwork by Leon Greenman that depicts the one day that changed his life forever.

The object talk will be followed by a live candle lighting and one minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.

Helping Hands: Stories and crafts for Holocaust Memorial Day

Balham Library Hall, 16 Ramsden Road, SW12 8QY 4pm to 4.30pm In person event: Free

Mark Holocaust Memorial Day at Balham library this year, with a story and activity session suitable for the whole family.

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Listen to true stories of bravery and resistance to the Holocaust, then add your thoughts, art, and pledges to the library’s interactive display.

This is a free ticketed event. Advance booking is required.

Film screening: Tacheles - The Heart of the Matter

Goethe-Institut London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, SW7 2PH 7pm to 9.30pm In person event: Free

Tacheles - The Heart of the Matter tells the story of Yaar, a young Jewish Berliner who wants to become a game designer.

His first project is a computer game about the Holocaust entitled “Shoah. When God was Sleeping ”.

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Set in Germany in 1940, it creates a world in which Jews can resist and Nazis can also act with humanely. However the game causes friction with his own family.

Muriel Gardiner was a psychoanalyst and activist against the fascist regime in 1930s Austria. Credit: Freud MuseumMuriel Gardiner was a psychoanalyst and activist against the fascist regime in 1930s Austria. Credit: Freud Museum
Muriel Gardiner was a psychoanalyst and activist against the fascist regime in 1930s Austria. Credit: Freud Museum

Muriel Gardiner and her legacy

Freud Museum London 6pm to 7pm Online event: Pay what you want

Join Prof Dr Carmen Birklefor a special lecture exploring the extraordinary life of Muriel Gardiner, a psychoanalyst and activist against the fascist regime in 1930s Austria.

In this talk, Dr Birkle will shed light on Gardiner’s medical interests and psychoanalytic circles as well as on her underground activities and her liaison with husband Joseph Buttinger in the 1930s.

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Visit the Holocaust Galleries

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ Open 10am to 6pm Free

Explore the individual stories from some of the six million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust told through over 2,000 photos, books, artworks, letters and personal objects ranging from jewellery and clothing to toys and musical instruments.

Please note, the Holocaust Galleries are not recommended for children under the age of 14.

A section of the gallery features film footage of a highly graphic nature which some visitors may find distressing.

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