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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 – Be the light in the darkness

Reflecting on the depth humanity can sink to and the ways people have resisted darkness ‘to be the light’ before, during and after genocides is the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 27 January.

The theme in 2021 is ‘Be the light in the darkness’ which asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’. For example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice.

Also different ways of ‘being the light’. For example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

We can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways and places – at home, in public, and online.

There is a self-guided walk that you can do at any time to discover the history of the Jewish East End.  With podcasts and a map, this is a fascinating insight into stories of the lives and deaths connected with five specific buildings.

The Windermere Children is a moving story of how the friendships forged at Windermere became a lifeline. It was screened on the BBC on Wednesday 27 January at 9pm and is available on iplayer for a period afterwards.  

We encourage you to watch it and tune into the ‘In Conversation’ , a fascinating insight into the making of the film and the real Windermere Children, with Holocaust educator Mike Levy, film’s director Michael Samuels and producer Nancy Bornat, which was filmed specifically for Tower Hamlets and UK Jewish Film 2021.

There is also the opportunity to catch a fascinating talk Reflecting on the Holocaust through Film which can be accessed until late February. This presentation explores the significance and varied representations of Holocaust narratives in a selection of clips from Hollywood and feature films to original archival footage and Nazi propaganda.

Due to copyright this is only available to watch via a password protected link.  To receive the link, please email UK Jewish Film’s Education Manager, Rachel Burns 


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