Every year in January, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day which has taken place in the UK since 2001.

On this day we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the world today.

To commemorate HMD we will hold a candlelit vigil on Monday 27 January 2020, from 5.45pm to 7pm in the Winter Garden. A selection of short films will be screened in the Winter Garden during the day, from 12pm to 4.30pm. 

Exhibition

In the week before Holocaust Memorial Day (Monday 20 January to Monday 27 January) there will be a collection of posters and artwork displayed in the Winter Garden, including exhibitions from local schools.

2020 Theme: Stand Together

This year's theme is Stand Together. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust want us to reflect on how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression. 

In the years leading up to the Holocaust, Nazi policies and propaganda deliberately encouraged divisions within German society, urging 'Aryan' Germans to keep themselves separate from their Jewish neighbours. The Holocaust, Nazi Persecution of other groups and each subsequent genocide, was enabled by ordinary citizens not standing with their targeted neighbours. 

Today there is increasing division in communities across the UK and the world. Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in our communities in order to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society. 

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This is a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

Other events

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2020, Showroom Cinema will be screening: Anne Frank: Parallel Stories. Oscar-Winning actress Helen Mirren tells the story of Anne Frank's life through the pages of her world famous diary, a story that has made the tragedy of the Holocaust known to readers all over the world.

What would Anne's life have been like had she survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen? What would have happened to the hopes and dreams she wrote about in her diaries? What could she have told us about persecution, about concentration camps? How would she have interpreted the reality of today, the rekindling of antisemitism and new racism?

This emotive telling is entwined with the stories of 5 Holocaust survivors (Arianna Szörenyi, Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard, Helga Weiss and sisters Andra and Tatiana Bucci) who shared Anne's same fate of deportation, suffering and were denied their childhood and adolescence, but were fortunately able to go on and live the life that Anne was denied.

Further information

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website has a range of resources, information and advice you need to participate in Holocaust Memorial Day. They also offer a selection of educational resources.

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