Equality and fairness

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides. It was first held in January 2001 and has been on 27 January every year since. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.

Each year, we hold a memorial service to remember the horrors of genocide, and to reflect on our will to build peaceful communities for the future.

In 2021, we commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with a pre-recorded video featuring tributes from pupils at Woodside Academy, Belmont Castle Academy and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, alongside Cllr Deb Huelin, Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Terry Piccolo, Cllr Qaisar Abbas and Reverend Canon Darren Barlow. You watch the video below.

In 2020, we adopted the working definition of antisemitism as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.