Monday, 26 January 2009

Holocaust Memorial Day

by Kathryn Hadley

Various events and exhibitions are being organised across the country for Holocaust Memorial Day, on January 27th, the date of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army. Here is a small selection…

Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust
Survivor testimonies recorded by the British Library’s Oral History team will go live, on January 27th, on the British Library’s Archival Sound recordings website The database includes over 440 hours of recordings, which explore 66 personal experiences of persecution across war-torn Europe and the impact of the Holocaust.

What ordinary Germans Knew and Felt about the Holocaust
January 27th, 7pm
Imperial War Museum London

Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ
Telephone: 020 7416 5000
A lecture by Professor Richard Evans.
The Imperial War Museum will also be showing a selection of films from the museum’s archives, including Auschwitz – 60 Seconds of Silence (2004) and Auschwitz – the Final Solution (1974).

Stand up to Hatred
February 1st

Imperial War Museum North
The Quays

Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester M17 1TZ
Telephone: 016 1836 4000
A talk by Dr Mark Levene from the University of Southampton. The museum is also organising a series of themed guided tours and presentations of archive materials.

The Jewish Museum London
Two travelling exhibitions on loan from the museum are on show at Holborn Library and Bruce Castle Museum.
The Boys- Triumph Over Adversity
Until January 31st
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
Holborn Library
32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA
Telephone: 020 7974 6342
The story of a young group of Holocaust survivors admitted to Britain in 1945 which explores how they have rebuilt their lives and integrated in the London community

Champion of the Child – Janusz Korczak
Until February 8th
Bruce Castle Museum
Lordship Lane
London N17 8NU
Telephone: 020 8808 8772
The story of the work of the pioneer in the field of children’s rights, Janusz Korzcak (1879-1942), with the children of Warsaw, his death at the Treblinka extermination camp and his legacy.

University of Essex
Telephone: 012 0687 3404
The university is organising a series of events across the Colchester Campus.
January 27th, 7.30pm
Lakeside Theatre
Holocaust Memorial Service organised by the Colchester and District Jewish Community.
January 28th, 6pm
Senate Room
Colchester Campus
Discussion with Holocaust survivors about their memories of persecution. Speakers will include Professor Ladislaus (Laci) Löb form the University of Sussex, who is a child survivor of the Holocaust.
January 29th, 6pm
Senate Room
Colchester Campus
A discussion with Dr Gordon Walker about his experiences as a young medical student at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he arrived shortly after its liberation to help with the relief and rescue effort.

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