Holocaust Memorial Day in Coventry

Holocaust Memorial Day is an international event that takes place every year on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in CambodiaRwandaBosnia and Darfur.

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Holocaust Memorial Day was founded 23 years ago, when 46 governments committed to preserving the memory of those who died in the Holocaust. It is a day when we remember those who lost their lives during those dark times and subsequent genocides around the world and we tell their stories to make sure they are never forgotten. But it is also a day when we look at our world today and the world we want it to be in the years ahead.                   

Coventry marks Holocaust Memorial Day with a free event every year.  

Holocaust Memorial Day in Coventry

Saturday 27 January

Arrival: from 12.30pm for a 1pm start
Finish: 3pm
Venue: The Belgrade Theatre

Free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance. 

This year’s event has a theme of Fragility of Freedom to highlight how freedom is restricted and removed from those targeted for persecution. A different theme is chosen each year by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.


  • Music performed by Coventry Music – Brass quintet.
  • Welcome by Cllr Abdul Khan – Deputy Leader, Coventry City Council
  • Lord Mayor of Coventry -   Councillor Birdi and Julie Nugent, Cheif Executive, Coventry City Council
  • Main Speaker: Hilary Hodsman
  • Improvisation from Highly Sprung and Barr’s Hill school, reflecting family and hope
  • Choir: Blue Coat School
  • Guest speakers: Mario Kosmirak – Holodomor presentation
  • Final words from Cllr Abdul Khan and lighting of the candle
  • Short break with music performed by Coventry Music – Brass quintet
  • Q&A session with main speakers.

More information on Holocaust Memorial Day.