Holocaust Memorial Day 2015
Birmingham will be commemorating National Holocaust Memorial Day on 25th January and this year the theme is KEEP THE MEMORY ALIVE.
Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions as well as other worldwide genocides and as such provides a significant opportunity to learn lessons and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. This years marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. It is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory.
The programme includes individual testimony, candle lighting, films, poems, prayers, and music. There will be testimonies from Survivors, and a specially commissioned piece from Birmingham’s Poet Laureate, Adrian Blackledge and Birmingham’s Young Poet Serena Arthur.
To mark the 70 years since the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sir Anish Kapoor has been commissioned to design and create 70 special candles to be distributed to 70 venues across the UK. Birmingham has been chosen as one of the 70 venues and the candle will be lit by Mindu Hornick a survivor of Auschwitz.
The ceremony will be held in Birmingham’s Town Hall, and is free. Doors open at 1.30pm, when members of the public will be invited to light a candle of remembrance.
The ceremony will be led by The Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
For recommended reading commemorating the Holocaust - Holocaust Memorial Trust information and useful resources.
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