University commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

Posted by crm28 at Jan 20, 2017 05:00 PM |
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January and the University will be marking the loss of life during the holocaust with a series of events and public lectures.

Our University was founded as a living war memorial to the lives lost in the First World War in the hope that greater education would lead to peace. It is in this spirit that the University continues to study, examine and attempt to understand the atrocities of war and share this knowledge. Our world-renowned Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which is the UK’s oldest research centre for such studies, is involved with a number of events to commemorate this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

For the first time, Holocaust Memorial Day is to be remembered at Her Majesty's Prison Leicester on Welford Road. On Friday 20 January, Dr Alexander Korb, director of the University’s Stanley Burton Centre, spoke to HMP Leicester's prisoners and staff, focusing on the Nazi camp system. The Nazi camps were initially a relatively small tool to terrorise political prisoners but grew into an enormous pan-European system for the systematic control, torture and extermination of Jews, Slavs, homosexuals and other peoples categorised as non-Aryan by the National Socialist regime.

At 6pm on Tuesday 24 January, Professor Dirk Moses (University of Sydney) will give a public lecture at Fraser Noble Hall on University Road titled ‘The Colonial Origins of Nazi Genocide’. Professor Moses is one of the world leading experts of the history of genocide and has worked on the Holocaust and settler colonialism as well as on genocides of indigenous peoples. He is senior editor of the Journal for Genocide Research and comes to Leicester for a workshop on forced labour in comparative perspective co-organised by the Stanley Burton Centre.

Fraser Noble Hall will also host a public lecture by Professor Aubrey Newman, former director of the Stanley Burton Centre, on Wednesday 25 January at 7.00pm. The lecture is titled ‘How Can Life Move On?’ and is the result of a collaborative effort between representatives of Leicester City Council, the Leicester Council of Faiths and the University's Stanley Burton Centre. The lecture will feature readings from Rabbi Mark Solomon and Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Stephen Corrall, will be in attendance.

You can find out more about the Stanley Burton Centre’s work on their website.

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