An Anne Frank rose to be planted at Manchester Jewish Museum for Holocaust Memorial Day

By Culture24 Reporter | 27 January 2012
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A photo of the back of two boys on bicycles at sunset
Boys on Bikes, from the Windermere Boys show at the Manchester Jewish Museum
© Denise Neild / Another Space 2006-2012
Event: Holocaust Memorial Day, various venues, January 26 2012

From talks and performances to remembrance services and peace garden vigils, the UK's heritage centres will be marking the annual Holocaust Memorial Day with a range of initiatives to speak out against hatred and persecution, pay respects to lives lost and educate visitors.

The D-Day Museum in Southsea will offer free admission throughout the day. On Monday (January 30), at the Imperial War Museum North, Polish survivor Arek Hersh – who has lived in Liverpool, Manchester, the Lake District and his current home city of Leeds since being liberated – will tell the remarkable story of his escape from Auschwitz.

The talk is part of an imaginative programme planned at the museum, including tours telling the personal stories behind Holocaust-related items from the IWM collections, Klezmer music performances and open studio sessions.

At Imperial War Museum in London This Storm Is What We Call Progress (January 25 - April 29) is a significant new exhibition of work by the Israeli-born, London-based artist Ori Gersht.

Gersht’s first major solo museum show in the UK, it features work dealing with conflict, history and geographical place.

At the Manchester Jewish Museum, children from a local school will join a young refugee in planting the Anne Frank rose, as well as a remembrance tree.

The rose was originally sent by Anne Frank's father, Otto, as a gift to a friend in Japan, and it has been planted in numerous towns and cities as a symbol of peace and reconciliation since then.

The ceremony takes place before the opening of a new exhibition, the Windermere Boys, telling the incredible tale of 300 children who survived the Holocaust and touched down on Crosby-on-Eden airfield, near Carlisle, in August 1945.

They stayed in hostel accommodation in a now-lost wartime village near Windermere, and later found homes in Manchester and across the country.

Photographs salvaged from the period recount their recuperation, accompanied by commemorations and book readings on Monday (January 30) and further talks and readings in February.

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