Southampton Marks Holocaust Memorial Day
At 6pm on January 27 2014, residents from Southampton and the region will come together with millions of others across the world to mourn the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It is a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 is ‘Journeys’. On HMD 2014 we can learn how journeys themselves became part of genocide, and how the journeys undertaken were often experiences of persecution and terror for so many people who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the subsequent genocides. We can also learn about the life stories of journeys that brought survivors to the UK and how, in many instances, journeys of return have been part of the experience of rebuilding.
The Southampton event is jointly organised by the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University. Held at the Sir James Matthews building, Above Bar Street, the Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 commemorations will be attended by the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Malcolm Cross, and the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Ivan White, who will also open the event. Southampton residents will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Henry Schachter, who survived the Holocaust in hiding in Belgium before undertaking a journey to Britain in search of his surviving family members.
Sixth form students from Itchen College will then have the opportunity to reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust, and to give their responses to their own readings of Holocaust testimony.
The evening will close with a performance from Southampton Solent University drama students, in which they will offer a powerful and moving interpretation of the plight of Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
The event will include an exhibition curated by Southampton University which will showcase local sixth form students’ responses to the Holocaust, including students from Itchen Sixth Form College, Southampton, and South Downs College, Waterlooville.
Refreshments will be served after the event.
For further information, please contact Dr Tom Plant by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day please visit www.hmd.org.uk