Historian to speak at Holocaust events in city and county

Posted by ap507 at Jan 18, 2016 11:20 AM |
'Standing passively and doing nothing is almost as bad as participating directly’

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 January 2016

The Holocaust and its legacy will be explored at three events in the city and county involving University of Leicester Professor Aubrey Newman.

For the past fifteen years the City of Leicester in co-operation with the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the University of Leicester has been responsible for the commemoration on 27 January of Holocaust Memorial Day. 

This year Holocaust Memorial Day will be commemorated at three venues, Oadby Council Offices (26 Jan), the University of Leicester’s Fraser Noble Hall (27 Jan) and County Hall, Glenfield (28 Jan).  

Professor Aubrey Newman, Emeritus Professor in the School of History at the University of Leicester said: “27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by the Russian army, has been chosen by the United Nations to mark the attempts by the Nazis to exterminate the Jews of Europe. 

“Each year in Britain the Holocaust Education Trust suggests a theme round which individual events might be based.

“This year the theme is ‘Don’t Stand By’, the idea being that standing passively and doing nothing is almost as bad as participating directly in such events.  The hope is always of trying to show the coming generation the importance of each individual standing up for rights of justice to all,” says Professor Newman.

"Victims often experience violence as more painful when there is a crowd watching the act of violence. Perpetrators, again, feel often encouraged by the same crowd, and intensify what they are doing. This is why we need to understand the dynamic between perpetrator and onlooker. This is of course applicable not only to acts of Genocide but to any other act of injustice or oppression,” Dr Alexander Korb, the Stanley Burton Centre's director adds. 

As part of its programme of Outreach in addition to participating in the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations the University of Leicester Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies promotes regular lectures on themes associated with the Holocaust in particular, Genocides in general, as well as each year hosting a Holocaust Awareness Week.

Over the past few years Professor Newman has been a frequent speaker on the Holocaust, especially in Leicester and at the National Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalomat) Laxton, in Nottinghamshire.

Holocaust events:

Tuesday, 26 January Oadby Council Offices 5pm to 7pm

Gathering of the Community to mark HMD led by the Mayor Councillor Latif Darr with representatives of the religious groups in the Borough. Guest speaker Professor Aubrey Newman. Young people from local schools. Light refreshments

Council Chamber, Station Road, Wigston LE18 2 DR

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 at 7pm

University of Leicester Fraser Noble Hall 

University Road, Leicester LE1 7RF

Admission is free. Further information is available from:

Leicester Council of Faiths

10 Bishop Street

Leicester, LE1 6AF


Thursday, 28 January at 12.30pm

County Hall


Anybody who wishes to attend the event, which starts at 12.30pm (registration at 12.15pm) at County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, on 28 January should contact Hannah Watkins on hannah.watkins@leics.gov.uk


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