From London to Edinburgh and from Cardiff to Belfast, landmarks across the United Kingdom lit up in purple to mark the 2021 Holocaust Memorial Day in memory of victims of the Holocaust. 

The initiative was based on this year’s theme of Be The Light In The Darkness, and included dozens of locations across the uk, from Edinburgh Castle, Blackpool Tower, Wembley Stadium and Durham Castle, as well as billboards.

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said: “As with everything else, we’ve had to change how we mark Holocaust Memorial Day this year. Our priority was to keep contributors, especially Holocaust survivors, safe.

“We are so grateful to everyone who made HMD happen this year: the government, celebrity readers, landmarks and billboards that lit up in purple – and to people across the UK who put candles in their windows. It has enabled everyone – despite the pandemic – to learn from genocide for a better future’.” 

Take a look at some of the iconic venues that lit up in purple on 27 January for Holocaust Memorial Day:

London Eye


Edinburgh Castle


Blackpool Tower


City of Cardiff


Belfast City Hall



Wembley Stadium







Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland


Natural History Museum, London


Imperial War Museum, London

Houses of Parliament, London





BT Tower, London


in support of a National Holocaust Memorial next to Parliament

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