Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January

A message from the Chair of Surrey County Council

Recording of the Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 event at Guildford

Surrey History Centre

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 is 'One Day', when war with Germany was declared on 3 September 1939, in just one day the status of German and Austrian refugees in Britain changed significantly.

Having escaped to safety in a new country, these refugees now became 'enemy aliens' and were summoned to tribunals to determine what threat they posed to national security.

In 1940, with the threat of invasion, many of those who had been declared genuine refugees from Nazi oppression at the tribunals, were now detained and sent to internment camps.

From the records held at Surrey History Centre, we explore how Surrey dealt with its 'enemy aliens' and what this meant for individual Jewish refugees.


University of Surrey

The Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration was held at the University of Surrey, commemorating those whose lives were lost to, and those who survived, genocide, including those who made their home here in Surrey and worked within our community.

The commemoration featured:

  • spoken word creative from Kings College Guildford,
  • a performance by the Guildford School of Acting,
  • extracts from 'In the Round with Lord Alf Dubbs' and Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert BEM and her great grandson, Dov Forman, who co-authored The Sunday Times best- seller Lily's Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live.

The interfaith prayer

Lord of all creation, we stand in awe before You, impelled by the vision of the harmony of man. We are children of many traditions - inheritors of shared wisdom and tragic misunderstandings, of proud hopes and humble successes.

Now is the time for us to meet - in memory and truth, in courage and trust, in love and promise. In that which we share, let us see the common prayer of humanity.

In that which we differ, let us wonder at the freedom of man. In our unity and our differences, let us know the uniqueness that is God.

May our courage match our convictions and our integrity match our hope.##

May our faith in You bring us closer to each other.

And may our meeting with past and present bring blessing for the future.


Learn more about Holocaust Memorial DayHolocaust Memorial Day Trust - learning from genocide, for a better future

To learn more about Holocaust Memorial Day, including this year's theme of 'One Day', visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's website.