Manchester youngsters are set to learn about the horrific atrocities suffered by Jewish people across Europe during World War II and will also learn about subsequent genocides.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, local high school pupils and community groups will be attending a special event – organised by Manchester City Council with UK Jewish Film – at the Manchester arts centre HOME.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Eddy Newman will introduce the event, for an invited audience, on Thursday 25 January 2018, which will feature a talk and presentation by Dr Peter Kurer, a survivor who lives in Manchester, and the screening of a documentary film from Emmy-winning filmmaker Michael King.
The Rescuers, directed by Michael King, is a documentary that traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombaire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, a renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the horrors of the Nazi death camps.
The theme for 2018, set by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, is ‘the power of words’.
Mike Levy from the Holocaust Education trust will chair a discussion to explore the impact of language employed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to the contemptible events.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Eddy Newman, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to remember the victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities. Their lives and experiences should never be forgotten and despite the difficulty of contemplating and discussing one of the darkest times in history it’s important to learn from the past so these horrific events are never repeated.”
Further information about Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorated on Saturday 27 January, and events open to the public can be found here: www.hmd.org.uk