Holocaust Memorial Day

Posted by cc576 at Jan 21, 2021 03:47 PM |
A day of reflection and respect

On 27 January each year, the nation commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day, a day of reflection and respect for those who have been killed or have faced unfathomable suffering through genocides that have taken place around the world - from the Nazi persecution of Jews in the Second World War, to the atrocities committed in Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and Cambodia.

In previous years, the University has worked collaboratively with the City to hold Holocaust Memorial Day events, remembering history, exploring present turmoils and experiences, and creating a safer future, through lectures by holocaust experts, memorial artwork exhibitions and candle lit vigils.

This year, however, due to COVID-19, the day cannot be commemorated as usual. Instead of reflective artwork being presented in an exhibition on campus, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester Council of Faiths and the University of Leicester are asking people to submit their own artwork or photographs on this year’s theme: ‘Be The Light In The Darkness’. The artwork will then be projected in Green Dragon Square in the heart of the city.

This year’s theme encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide. Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking Holocaust Memorial Day. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths. Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.

The two councils will be sharing a link on their websites to join the events on the day, which include:

o Short interviews with two Jewish students and the impact of Holocaust Memorial Day.

o Response to Holocaust denialism by a survivor.

o Lecture by University of Leicester Professor, Aubrey Newman, a distinguished Holocaust expert

o Images, video and audio from Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

o Reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day by Leicester students from English Martyrs Catholic School and Madani Schools Federation.

o Introduction by the Lord Mayor.

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