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Holocaust Memorial Day

UNTOLD HOLOCAUST STORIES TO BE REVEALED

A Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration will take place at Biddenham International School, in Bedford, at 6pm, on 27th January 2011. This year’s moving event will carry the theme of ‘Untold Stories’ from this period.

The date, 27th January, was chosen for the Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) as it was on this date in 1945 that the largest Nazi killing camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.

 

The evening will be attended by local Councillors, invited guests, and students. Members of the local community are also invited to join the commemoration.

 

The Executive Principal of Biddenham International School, Mike Berrill, commented that the school was honoured to welcome the local community to an event which commemorates the Holocaust.

 

Robin Rice, Assistant Head at Biddenham and the event organiser said: “It’s easy to talk about the numbers murdered and persecuted during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. It’s less easy to appreciate what these figures mean in human terms. There are millions of stories we will never know. But we can still honour the memory of those affected by genocide by listening to these untold stories.”

 

Throughout the week there will also be an opportunity to view the ‘Surviving History’ exhibition hosted at Biddenham International School, which is open to secondary schools and teachers from Tuesday 25th - Friday 28th January (The exhibition is open to those over 14 years of age). A short film ‘Surviving History’ will  also be shown. This documentary won the Audience Poll Award at the Imperial War Museum Film Festival 2009.

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “It is important for our community to have the chance to come together to remember victims of the Holocaust and honour the survivors. We also remember those who have died in subsequent genocides and recognise how important it is to ensure that we do not allow anybody in society to be excluded or marginalised. We have to learn lessons from the past so that we can all work to ensure a safer, better future. The exhibition uses personal stories to make clear the impact of discrimination which still damages our society today.”

 

For more information go to http://www.hmd.org.uk/

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