Plymouth Centre for Faiths & Cultural Diversity


27th January 2022

2022 Theme: One Day  –  Council House, Reception Room – 10am

Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity is working, again this year, with Plymouth City Council to help organise HMD in January.

This important time of reflection will be held in the Council House Reception Room with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Terri Beer in attendance, together with  Council Members and invited guests. As usual, there will be a range of people invited to speak and offer their reflections from the assembled audience.

 After the Council House reflections, a short but meaningful public HMD event, will be held up on The Hoe, in the Peace Garden at 11.15am.

This will be followed by a special Tree planting (through the auspices of the Association of Jewish Refugees) in the adjacent garden, to honour the family of Professor Frank Land who fled Berlin in 1939 with his parents and twin brother. The family later settled in Devon. The tree will also honour the late Solly Irving, holocaust survivor, and his outstanding contribution to Holocaust education in Plymouth schools over a sixteen year period.



*Plymouth Centre for Faiths & Cultural Diversity (PCFCD) is excited to be able to offer schools the following ONLINE session to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) *

Lessons for the Holocaust – Learning from Solly Irving

This 1 hour ONLINE session will be run by Jonathan Marshall MBE and will be available on selected days from Friday 22  January – Friday 05 February 2021 in the first instance, other dates available on request.

Each session can be run via Zoom or MS Teams (hosted by the school) with up to a maximum of 60 students (classroom-based or dial in), at a cost of £100 (subscribing schools) or £120 (non-subscribing schools) per session.

This session is only suitable for students in Year 6 or above and it is important that students have a good understanding of the context of the Holocaust within the Second World War in advance of these sessions.

Sessions will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and have limited availability, so please get in touch at your earliest convenience if you would like to secure a place!

This session can be provided for groups, churches and others interested in deepening their understanding of these darkest of times and the vital lessons for today. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries regarding either of these sessions.

Download the PDF brochure of the session from HERE


2021 Theme : Be the light in the darkness

“HMD does not ask us simply to remember on a specific day each year.  It’s about what we do once we have learnt the lessons of the past.  When you commemorate HMD – in whatever way that is – the challenge to each of us is to let those lessons inform our behaviour, our language and the way in which we treat those who are different to us.  HMD asks us to make a difference to the way in which we live our lives now and in the future.”

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

The Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity has worked closely with the Plymouth City Council each year, since Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) began in 2001, and this year, together with Sound View Media, we have created a short film of reflections, in response to the theme; Be the Light in the Darkness.

You can also view the film on the Council’s dedicated page for Holocaust Memorial Day:

(Last updated on 13th January 2022)