Holocaust Memorial Day - The Legacy of Hope

By Culture24 Staff | 19 January 2010
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(Above) Gate tower, ramp and railway line at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Courtesy HMD Trust

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27 and marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.

This year's HMD focuses on Holocaust survivors in the UK and the fascinating stories they have to tell. It is these people and stories who have inspired the HMD 2010 theme - The Legacy of Hope.

"We estimate that there are around 5,000 survivors left and we really wanted to supply a theme which bought their stories and their experiences to a much wider audience. This is how we came up with the Legacy of Hope theme,” says HMD Chief Executive Officer Carly Whyburn, who calls it "an opportunity for us all - whoever we are, wherever we are, whatever we do or don't believe".

"It's a day for everybody to take on the experiences of those who suffered this most horrendous persecution, to make their voices and their hopes part of our shared future.

"The Legacy of Hope focuses on survivors and how their experience has shaped their lives and ours. The Legacy of Hope offers all of us the chance to remember."

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Jewish Identity cards on display at Imperial War Museum North. Courtesy IWM North

Imperial War Museum London
The Imperial War Museum London will be screening a series of films and documentaries to commemorate this year’s Memorial Day. There will also be an act of remembrance at 11am on January 27 at the Soviet War Memorial in London to mark the 65th anniversary of the Red Army's Liberation of the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp.

The Ulster Museum
The Ulster Museum in Belfast will be holding a discussion, debate and questions with Steven Jaffe, Mark Donohue and Dr Jonathan Bardon to look at how the historical marginalisation of Jews, travellers and gay people has been overcome. This event is one of three special events organised in collaboration with Belfast Jewish Community, to mark HMD 2010.

Art Central, Barry
In Wales, a range of events will be taking place at Barry Arts Centre, including special artworks by artist in residence Nicola Tucker, a conflict and war artist who was nominated for the Artist Mundi prize in 2009.

London Jewish Museum
The Museum features new exhibition Am I My Brother's Keeper? Rescue in the Holocaust and the UK Film Premiere of Against the Tide, narrated by Dustin Hoffman and produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

Liverpool Youth and Community Centre
Liverpool will be playing host to "Names instead of Numbers", an international travelling exhibition prepared in Dachau. It serves as a Remembrance Book for those who were imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp. The exhibition is made up of 22 biographies, serving as a catalyst to understand the stories of the Dachau prisoners from a European perspective.

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The HMD 2010 theme is The Legacy of Hope

Christ Church Hall, Consett
The Anne Frank Trust UK, in association with County Durham Ethnic Minority Travellers Achievement Service and Consett Community Sports College, present acclaimed exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today, the acclaimed Anne Frank North East exhibition. Free entry and guided tours are available.

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery
Tunbridge Wells Museum is arranging a special display celebrating the achievements of a local Jewish family, the Salomons, who challenged and surmounted prejudice and discrimination against their faith.

It features three generations of the family and shows a selection of objects from the Salomons Museum collection. These items reflect the family's personal Jewish faith as well as their public roles.

Norfolk Record Office
The Norfolk record office is offering the opportunity to hear first-hand the personal story of a Kindertransportee. Ruth Barnett was part of the mass movement of predominantly Jewish children from war-torn Germany and Austria who were transported to safety in Britain without their parents.

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Storyteller Richard O'Neill will be taking part in HMD 2010 events at IWM North. Courtesy IWM North

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Faces in the Void combines photography and poetry to explore the continuity of Jewish life and the continuing impact of the Second World War.

Artists Marion Davies and Jane Liddell-King discovered holy Torah Scrolls, looted during the Holocaust and later sold by the Czech state, being used in their synagogues. This led to them to seek out survivors in Pardubice and discover connections in England.

Faces in the Void uses the artistic presentation of factual evidence to the same powerful effect as Marion Davies's solo exhibition, Absence and Loss. The exhibition runs from January 23 to February 14 2010.

Brent Holocaust Memorial Day
Organised by Brent Council, the event includes the never-before-seen documentary, May We Never Forget, a short film created by young people which features testimonies from five local Holocaust survivors.

There will also be the chance to view the exhibition The Road to Belsen, an exhibition created by Rev Gershon Glausiusz, a former prisoner of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. The event takes place on January 25 2010 at Brent Town Hall (2.30pm-4pm).

Imperial War Museum North
The IWM north will be exploring the idea of a Legacy of Hope with a varied range of commemorative events including two special evening talks.

The first is about Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi, and the second will be given by a Greater Manchester-based Holocaust survivor. Other events include tours, musical performances, storytelling and craft marking.

The HMD website holds details of events taking place around the country, as well as free resources for teachers and stories from Holocaust survivors.

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