In 2001 the British Government designated the 27th January each year as an annual remembrance day and invited people to reflect on the Holocaust of the Second World War and other genocides. It was hoped that people would be encouraged to oppose racism, discrimination and persecution and to acknowledge the dignity of difference.
In 2002, members of Northwood United Synagogue, led by Sharman Berwald, decided to create a programme of education and events for secondary school children in Hillingdon and neighbouring boroughs.
Holocaust Learning UK (formerly Northwood Holocaust Memorial Day Education) runs events in conjunction with the Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue. These have grown each year and now has over 3,000 students attending sessions at eight synagoguesfrom more than 35 schools.
Students attend a workshop run by a trained facilitator who helps to prepare them for an emotional talk by a Holocaust survivor. This is then followed by a Q&A and a closing address from a Rabbi.