Northwood HMD
Background and Aims
  • Northwood Holocaust Memorial Day Events sessions take place in January and February each year to coincide with
    Holocaust Memorial Day, the national day of rememberance for the victims of the Holocaust and of other genocides.

  • Events are organised and co-hosted by a large team of volunteers from Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue,
    Northwood United Synagogue
    and other local synagogues.

  • The major Holocaust education bodies provide support, consultation & training. (See links for further information on these organisations)

  • Over 3,000 secondary school students and teachers from over 50 schools in the London Borough of Harrow, London Borough of Hillingdon and Hertfordshire County Council attend a half-day workshop every year.

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  • NHMDE meets the requirements of the national curriculum in History, English, PSHE (personal, social & health education), Citizenship and Religious Education and is endorsed by the Local Education Authorities of Harrow, Hertfordshire and Hillingdon.

  • Some 28,000 students have attended NHMDE workshops since the event started more than 15 years ago.

  • We offer special workshops for Year 12 and Year 13 students.

  • Satellite sessions of the event are held at Bushey United Synagogue, Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue, Belmont United Synagogue, Watford and District Synagogue and Mosaic Jewish Community.

  • Many other UK synagogues have adopted the Northwood blueprint to bring students together to learn more about the Holocaust.

  • NHMDE, the largest event of its type in the UK, is free of charge and non-denominational.


The objectives are to run a series of half day sessions for secondary school students that:
  • Enable students to learn basic historical facts about the Holocaust
  • Include a facilitator-led workshop, that creates an environment in which students can explore the relationship between the Holocaust and other genocides and understand how to relate this to contemporary issues such as racism, discrimination, bullying
  • Provide the opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor
  • Participants are encouraged to "reflect and react" to make a difference in their own lives and in others
  • Provide a structure throughout the programme for participants to commit to make a difference and bring about positive change, both as individuals and as part of a group.
  • Recognise that the programme offers a first step towards action and the students' own personal commitment to "pass on" the testimony that they have heard from the Holocaust survivor to future generations.

Mission Statement

The members of the joint organising committee of NHMDE recognise that the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. Humanity is scarred by the belief that race, religion, gender and disability are still used as excuses for prejudice and discrimination and that arising from this, genocide, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and discrimination continue in the World today.

NHMDE pledge to provide an understanding to local secondary school students, about the Holocaust and other genocides. Each year we arrange a series of two and a half hour educational sessions over several days. These are planned to coincide with National Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 27th January, through which students from local schools hear first hand testimony from Holocaust survivors. Through facilitator lead workshops the students explore attitudes today about prejudice in the hope that they do then become more tolerant individuals.

The aim of NHMDE is to motivate people individually and collectively to ensure that the horrendous crimes of racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust and more recent genocides are neither forgotten, nor repeated. We aim to achieve excellence with sensitivity.

NHMDE provides a unique opportunity for young people to meet a Holocaust survivor, hear their testimony and work in small groups with trained facilitators to explore the historic context.