Holocaust Memorial Day

In March 1944, Hinda Cohen’s parents came home to find just a tiny shoe and a pair of mittens. There was nothing they could do: their child would soon be murdered in the gas chambers of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

During the Holocaust, the leaders of Nazi Germany tried to exterminate the Jewish people. Hinda, who was from Lithuania, was only one of six million who were murdered in the worst crime in human history.

Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27th. That was the day in 1945 when soldiers freed the people trapped in Auschwitz.

The day is a chance to remember the people killed by the Nazis and to think how it is still relevant today. Since 1945, many more have died in genocides — where governments or fighters have killed vast numbers of innocent people because they were of a different nation or ethnic group — in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

This year, the Holocaust Memorial Trust is asking ‘How can life go on?’

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The Holocaust Memorial day website has this assembly, which is sensitively tailored to students aged 9–11.


  1. Write a story inspired by the words ‘How can life go on?’.
  2. Research the Holocaust and write down five important facts on the subject.