Holocaust Memorial Day in Derby, is run by an independent planning group within the framework of the national Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) Trust.

hmdt_trust_logoHolocaust Memorial Day was established in 2001 as an international day to remember the victims of Genocides, and was fixed on the 27 January to coincide with the date of the Liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.

The Derby group has been in place since 2001. It is funded from private donations, and is supported by the Mayor of Derby, Derby Cathedral, local community groups, and individuals. There is a week of events surrounding the 27th January each year.

In 2017, the 27th January is a Friday. As the main QUAD event is in the evening this will conflict with the preparations for the Jewish Sabbath. In order to be fully inclusive we have decided to hold the events on THURSDAY 26th JANUARY 2017

In addition to the Holocaust during World War 2, the Armenian Genocide, the Ukrainian Holodomor and the Genocide of Bosnians at Srebrenica are also marked.

The theme for each year is  set by the national HMD Trust, and for 2017 it is “How Can Life go On?”.


All events are open to the public , and are free. Ticketing arrangements are only in place at QUAD on the evening of the 26th January 2017.