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Striving for a safer future - Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

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The atrocities of the Nazi Holocaust will be remembered during Holocaust Memorial Day 2014, taking place at the University of Leicester on Sunday 26 January 2014 in the Fraser Noble Hall from 7:00pm onwards.

This year's event will be based around the theme of ‘The Journey’ – the harrowing trip victims of the Holocaust had to take during the Nazi regime as they were rounded up and taken to concentration camps.

Holocaust Memorial Day pays tribute to victims of mass murder and brings together civic dignitaries, children, survivors and faith leaders to discuss important issues surrounding the topic of genocide.

The day commemorates the memory of the millions who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as during subsequent genocides, such as those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today. The hope is to create a safer, better future, and to ensure that history does not continue to repeat itself.

The evening will include an address by Emeritus Professor Aubrey Newman, former director of the Stanley Burton Centre, who organised the event.

Professor Newman said: “Although it is nearly seventy years since the liberation of the Auschwitz camp it remains important to remain aware of all the expressions of hate and prejudice that are still very much around us.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Sir Robert Burgess will also be in attendance.

The evening will feature a talk by a survivor of the Rwanda massacres, who will be recounting her personal experiences. Four local school children who visited Auschwitz will also be present, discussing their experiences at the site.

The event will be followed a lecture entitled ‘The Journey After and the Journey Ahead’ on Tuesday 28 January in the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 3. During this lecture, Martin Stern, a Holocaust survivor, will be speaking about the consequences of genocide, as will Kemal Pervanic, a survivor of the Bosnian Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 takes places on Sunday 26 January in the Fraser Noble Hall from 7:00pm onwards. Refreshments will be served following the event.

This project is funded by the National Lottery, Awards for All, and supported by Leicester City Council, Leicester University’s Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies, Leicester Council of Faiths and the School Development Support Agency.

 

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