Holocaust Memorial Day


This year, our plans for Holocaust Memorial Day have changed due to the current situation and remote learning activities that are currently in place.   However, we are keen to ensure that our young people, staff and their families are still able to join with us in our acknowledgement of this year’s theme:

Be the Light in the Darkness


Several organisations have planned online events that are being broadcast live before and during Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.   You can sign up to engage with these events and watch them on a variety of social media platforms.

Sunday 24th January 2021


7.30pm – 9.00pm

Race, Science & All That Jazz
(Live online event)

Aimed at Senior Pupils and Adults

This live event is broadcast in partnership with South Hampstead Synagogue, Aegis Trust and the United Synagogue.

Did you have any idea of the Jewish and black peoples’ shared history of persecution? To a large degree, we can ascribe it to so-called Race Science and Eugenics.

In the run-up to Holocaust Memorial Day 2021,  Dr James Smith CBE, co-founder and Life President of the National Holocaust Museum, will be broadcasting live from the National Holocaust Museum in conversation with an array of guest experts on this vast subject.

They will explain how these bogus theories helped cause three of the 20th Century’s genocides, including the Holocaust; how they were used to justify colonialism; and how they united the persecution of both black and Jewish people in a single fake ideology.

This twin hatred revealed itself most clearly in the 1930s when the Nazis outlawed Jazz as the “degenerate creation of blacks and Jews”.

After a striking music-themed introduction, James and his guests will present the pre and post-history of the Nazi jazz ban, including the sterilisation of mixed race so-called Rhineland B******s, Sons of Noah theory and its part in the Namibian and Rwandan genocides; and the legacy of White Supremacism today.

Rabbi Eli Levin will begin the evening with this year’s HMD theme of Be the light in the darkness and a brief candle-lighting memorial ceremony, live from South Hampstead Synagogue in London.

You can watch this live event by clicking on the link here:

Race, Science and all that Jazz

Tuesday 26th  January 2021


11.00am – 11.45am
Amid the darkness of hate, how can we find the light?
(Live online event)

(Appropriate for S3 and above)


This is the first of two live online events as part of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum’s HMD2021 events.  This event is being broadcast from Nottingham to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.

The theme of the live event is:

Amid the darkness of hate, how can we find the light?

With candle-lighting and very special guests:

Simon Winston BEM,|
Holocaust survivor

Chris Hughton,
Nottingham Forest Football Club Manager

Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovitch,
Nottingham Liberal Synagogue

You can access the event live via YouTube if you click here:

Amid the darkness of hate, how can we find the light?

Wednesday 27th January 2021


10.00am – 10.45am

National Holocaust Centre and Museum
Finding Light in the Darkness:
Holocaust Memorial Day 2021
(Live online event)

(Appropriate for all Secondary Pupils)

On Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 the National Holocaust Centre and Museum are broadcasting the second of the two events as part of their HMD 2021 remembrance events, called Finding Light in the Darkness.
This livecast will include memorials, song, a powerful new short film called Darkness & Light and special guests including:

Dr Martin Stern MBE:
Holocaust survivor and speaker
(We were honoured to have Dr Stern visit Mearns Caste High School as part of our HMD 2019 event)

Lord John Mann:
HM Government Independent Adviser on Antisemitism

Bruce Buck:
Chelsea FC Chairman

Callum Hudson Adoi:
Chelsea FC and England winger

Rabbi Eli Levin:
South Hampstead Synagogue rabbi and cantor

Presented by Marc Cave, Director of the National Holocaust Centre & Museum.

This event is live and online on 27th January 2021 between 10.00 and 10.45am

Join in and be inspired by some of the UK’s leading lights in the fight against hate.

The link can be found on the event page here.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Education Scotland and Interfaith Scotland
HMD Ceremony 2021
(Live Event)

(Appropriate for all secondary pupils)

Education Scotland has published details of a the first ever online Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony 2021.   For the first time in the history of HMD, Interfaith Scotland is organising a fully virtual ceremony aimed at Scottish second school pupils and hope that you will be able to join them.

The ceremony will be go live online at 2pm on 27th January 2021, and is available to watch on YouTube and Vimeo and you can follow the links by clicking your preferred platform:

YouTube version
Vimeo version

(Please be aware that the ceremony will not go live until the date

and time above, however the recordings will remain on YouTube and Vimeo for you to view at a later date if you are unable to access these are the time detailed).

The film will feature Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich as well as the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of survivors from subsequent genocides in Darfur, Rwanda, Bosnia and Cambodia.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell will also deliver messages during the live broadcast.

As part of the collection of data and access, Education Scotland are asking you to leave a comment during or after the live event on either of the two platforms.

The event is organised by Interfaith Scotland and sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and The Scottish Government.

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust –
HMD Ceremony 2021
Live Online Evening Event

(Appropriate for all ages)

Hmd 2021 header

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust are streaming an the very first online ceremony to commemorate this year’s HMD, between 7 – 8 pm on 27th January 2021.

You can register to get access to the event by clicking here.

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Light the Darkness
show your participation

To show your participation in Holocaust Memorial Day this year, and if it is safe to do so, place a lit candle in your window on Wednesday 27th January 2021 between 7 – 8pm.

By showing your participation in this way, you are demonstrating that you are :

    •  Remembering those who have been murdered for being who they were
    •  Standing against prejudice and hatred

If you are able to, take a photograph of the lit candle in your window and post via your social media and use the taglines:






Honouring a light in the darkness
(Appropriate for all secondary pupils)

Rafael Schächter

As part of this year’s school events to acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day 2021, we wanted to continue to memorialise a key figure from the Holocaust.

Alongside others that would’ve been memorialised in our school Foyer Exhibit this year, Rafael Schächter was a Romanian born to a Jewish family, a musician, a conductor and a composer who played an enormous part in trying to help keep morale high in the Theresienstadt ghetto and concentration camp, uniting people through music after being deported to the ghetto and camp from his cultured musical life Prague.

Click the link below to start playing the video file.

Rafael Schächter




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