Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day Welcome Page

Back Row L-R: Eibhlin Byrne (Chairperson HETI), Charles Flanagan (Minister for Justice and Equality), Leo Varadkar (An Taoiseach), Tomi Reichental (Holocaust survivor), Pascal Donohue (Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform) Front Row L-R: Jan Kaminski (Holocaust survivor) and Suzi Diamond (Holocaust survivor)

The Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration is firmly established in the national calendar and takes place in Dublin every year on the Sunday nearest to 27 January, the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The event cherishes the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and recalls the millions of innocent Jewish men, women and children and others, who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or their religious beliefs.

Holocaust Memorial Day honours the memory of all of the victims of the Holocaust. The inclusion of all the victim groups is integral to the commemoration, highlighting the consequences of intolerance.   The commemoration demonstrates the Irish Government’s commitment to the Declaration of Stockholm 2000 when the signatory countries undertook to commemorate the Holocaust and to teach about it every year.

Holocaust survivors Tomi Reichental, Suzi Diamond and Jan Kaminski


Holocaust Memorial Day is organised under the auspices of HETI in association with the Department of Justice and Equality, The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration and Dublin City Council.   It is attended by people from all walks of Irish life and society, and from a broad spectrum of political, religious, community and cultural institutions.

The ceremony includes readings, survivors’ recollections, music and candle-lighting. Six candles are lit for the six million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust as well as candles for all of the other victim groups. More than 100 school students from all over Ireland attend the ceremony, some of them reading from the Scroll of Names an Irish memorial to cherished family members of people living in Ireland, who were murdered. Holocaust Memorial Day is always a very moving, dignified and impressive occasion.

Mark Hainback and Nurit Schulman light candles in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust

There is no charge for attending Holocaust Memorial Day but it is necessary to apply for invitations by contacting the HETI office

Commemorative booklets are produced by HETI for Holocaust Memorial Day each year. These reflect the ceremony, history and the Holocaust narrative and serve as an excellent resource for schools, students and researchers.

It is possible to download any of the HMD booklets by visiting the HMD publications section





Watch recordings of previous Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations.


Holocaust Memorial Day 2018







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