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Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day 2015 Event

27 January 2015
Sir James Matthews Building Above Bar Street Southampton Solent University

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Event details

At 6pm on 27 January 2015, 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 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp. 2015 will also be the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Therefore it is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’. Holocaust Memorial Day’s purpose is to commemorate the Holocaust and subsequent genocides – to remember. Those who have no direct experience to recall are asked, on Holocaust Memorial Day, to ‘remember’ those who were murdered and to honour the survivors. ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’ encourages us to consider how we in the UK commemorate the past, as well as looking to the future of Holocaust memory.

The Southampton event is jointly organised by Southampton Solent University and the University of Southampton. Held at the Solent University Conference Centre, Above Bar Street, the Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 commemorations will feature testimony from Holocaust survivor Arieh Simonsohn, musical and drama performances from members of the local community, the lighting of commemorative candles and reflections from local school and college students on the impact of the Holocaust. Mr Simonsohn, who as a child was imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, will also light a candle created by Sir Anish Kapoor as part of a national initiative that sees 70 specially designed candles at Holocaust Memorial Day events across the UK.

The event will include an exhibition curated by Southampton University that 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 about Holocaust Memorial Day please visit the website.

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