Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Following the success of the memorial events in 2015 and 2016, the Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day Group is holding several events to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, with support from Lewes District Council and Lewes Town Council.
 
On 27 January, an evening of stories from refugees of the past and of today, ‘How Can Life Go On?’, will take place at the All Saints Centre, Lewes (6.30pm for 7pm). The event will include presentations from Gaby Weiner, author of Tales of Loving and Learning, Jenny Matthews, photographer, and Melanie McFadyean of the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile.
 
Between 27 January and 20 February, a photographic exhibition ‘Refugees’ Stories’ will be showing along Lewes High Street in 42 venues. The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘How Can Life Go On?’ - the photos shown in this exhibition provide some answers. There are four elements to the exhibition:
 
How Refugees Manage: Jenny Matthew’s arresting photographs of how refugees manage essential aspects of daily life.
 
Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile: Baobab provides therapeutic support for young traumatised asylum seekers. Some of them were invited to think about their resilience and express their hopes and dreams. These photographs are the result.
 
Welcome To Our Jungle: Images taken by refugees in the former refugee camp in Calais.
 
Tasting My Future: Images showing participants in a Brighton-based project helping women rebuild their shattered living by sharing food and cooking.
 
Lewes Library Display: 14 – 31 January, Lewes Library
Tales of Loving and Learning author Gaby Weiner tells the story of two Jewish women from the Nazi period; Gaby’s mother, who survived through the kindness of others and her grandmother who perished in the Treblinka death camp. Items relating to the story will be on display. The library will also be showing a selection of books and DVDs about both the Holocaust and refugees.
 
‘Shoah’ PG 566 mins (nine hours and 43 mins)
Sunday 29 January 10am All Saints Centre, hosted by Cllr Dr Graham Mayhew, Mayor of Lewes. Claude Lanzmann’s documentary film ‘Shoah’ (1985) tells the story of the Holocaust taking viewers across Eastern Europe, interviewing local people who witnessed, and in many cases colluded in these terrible events.

 

Story published on 25 January 2017

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