Live and online events mark Holocaust Memorial Day

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In partnership with the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre and 6 million+ Trust, we’re preparing events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).

When is #HMD?

It takes place on 27 January. The theme for this year is ‘One Day’. Inviting people to reflect but also to look forward to a better future together and to speak out about injustices, prejudices or identity-based violence.

Join us for our live event…

On Wednesday 26 January there will be a procession of the seven Weeping Sisters – giant figures – through the streets of Huddersfield.

The procession sets off at 6.15 pm, from the Commercial Hotel and ends at the University of Huddersfield, where a commemorative event involving Holocaust Survivor Liesel Carter, civic dignitaries, local school children and young people will take place in the Oastler Building.

The commemoration will be followed by a live performance of ‘Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer’, written by renowned musicologist Dr David Fligg, featuring Trio Klein and violinist Itamar Rashkovsky.

It’s free, but please book your space for this HMD commemorative event in advance if you can.

Click here to book your place

Watch our online event

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day itself will be an online event at 11 am on 27 January.

Included will be a film showcasing five stories of welcome experienced by Jewish refugees after the war as they made a new start in the UK.

We’ve joined other West Yorkshire authorities to contribute to the film which also features a special message from the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin.

The online event will also give everyone a taste of a series of seven special podcasts called ‘Conversations with the Weeping Sisters’. These were created by 16 young people from a variety of cultures working with 6 million+ and radio producer Beth Parsons.

The recordings are based on imaginary conversations with the Weeping Sisters characters who are Jewish, Roma, Burundian, Bosnian, Kurdish, German and Syrian.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said:

“These events help to honour all those who experienced, and were impacted by, the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust. One of the cruellest campaigns in human history.

We also reflect and remember all the innocent lives lost through subsequent genocides around the world since. 

The challenge today is to heed the lessons of history, so one day, we will be more understanding of each other.

Whilst the pandemic may have created barriers, fear, suspicion and isolation. It also shone a light on all that is good in our society with resilience, kindness, creativity and efforts to connect people. It is in this vain that we need to continue so one day we can live in peace, without fear of persecution.

We can all stand in solidarity to look forward to a kinder future where difference is celebrated.”