Scotland’s Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony 2021

Scotland’s Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony 2021

Scotland’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) Ceremony 2021 will be like no other. We are for the first time in the history of HMD, organising a fully virtual ceremony aimed at Scottish secondary school pupils.

Watch the Ceremony

The ceremony will be premiered online at 2pm on 27 January 2021. The YouTube and Vimeo links to watch the ceremony will be posted here on 25 January:

  • Watch on YouTube: link coming soon
  • Watch on Vimeo: link coming soon

Please note: The ceremony recording will remain online and be available for later viewing after the initial premiere date.

Content of ceremony

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

There will also be a message from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell.


The programme and transcripts of the testimonies will be made available here from 21 January to help teachers plan their lessons. We recommend teachers watch the ceremony alongside pupils, take further questions and offer support with the sensitive subject matter.  

  • Programme of ceremony: coming soon (21 January)
  • Transcripts of testimonies: coming soon (21 January)

Mark it in your diaries

We are working hard behind the scenes to create a special ceremony for school pupils. In the meantime, please share this information to all teachers and colleagues across Scotland, so as many young people as possible can watch the national ceremony.

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