Holocaust Memorial Day at the University

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:30:00 GMT

Holocaust Memorial Day IN

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, a variety of events will take place at the University in the form of drama, conversations and music.  The events will include performances by young people from local secondary schools who have responded creatively to the stories from the three genocide survivors: Iby in Hungary, Jasminka in Bosnia and Fatima in Kurdistan.

They could not erase us is a free public event and will take place on Thursday 26 January in Quayside.  The event, is organised by 6 million+ Charitable Trust, in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and supported by Kirklees Council. The lives of three women and the struggles they faced each having survived a major genocide will be explored at this year’s event.

The programme includes a talk by Julia Kinch, the granddaughter of Auschwitz survivor Iby Knill, who was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University for services to Holocaust commemoration.  Julia will talk about her grandmother’s experiences of starting her life again after the Holocaust.

Also speaking is Fereshteh Mozaffari, an Iranian refugee and emerging writer, who will talk about how she has strived to make a new life for herself after leaving her homeland and about her struggles to launch her writing career.

Prior to the main event, a procession called The Weeping Sisters will make its way to the University’s campus from Huddersfield’s bus station starting at 6.20pm. 

In addition to the Holocaust Memorial Day event is a photography exhibition by international photojournalist Will Wintercross, called The Exodus: Leaving the land of lost hope.  It will be situated in the University’s Creative Arts Building from Tuesday 24 January to Friday 17 February and will show the perilous journey taken by millions in this century, and the desperate measures to which people go to in search of safety and dignity.

To book on to the They could not erase us event please go to the eventbrite booking page.

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