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Southampton Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day 2019 Event

Holocaust Memorial Day
24 January 2019
Palmerston Lecture Theatre, The Spark, East Park Terrace, Solent University, SO14 0YN

For more information regarding this event, please email Katie Powers at .

Event details

Southampton will be marking the UK’s national Holocaust Memorial Day with a commemorative event organised by the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, and hosted by Solent University.

The Memorial Day is dedicated to the remembrance of victims who were persecuted as a result of genocide and discusses the discriminatory issues which society faces today. This year, the theme for Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day is ‘ Torn from Home ’.

The free event will take place in the Palmerston Lecture Theatre, The Spark, East Park Terrace, Solent University on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 6pm (doors open at 5:30pm). The event is non-ticketed, and all are welcome to attend.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews, will open the evening, which will feature a talk to mark the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi from University of Southampton Equality & Diversity Officer Louise Goux-Wirth. There will also be reflective pieces from local sixth form students, a short film, music performed by University of Southampton students, and a drama performance by Solent University BA (Hons) Performance students.

Refreshments will be available directly after the event. Guests will have the opportunity to talk with the speakers before receiving Holocaust Memorial Day Trust literature and a memorial candle.

There will be an opportunity to view an exhibition based on students’ responses to Holocaust testimony and workshops held by the Parkes Institute.

The event marks the launch of an exhibition examining the life of Reverend Dr James Parkes. He fought tirelessly throughout his life for tolerance in an age where intolerance was all too common. This exhibition is funded by the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Arts and Humanities Research Council), with photographs generously provided by the University of Southampton's Special Collections.

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