International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 27 January

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 27 January

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 27 January 2022

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemoration day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in which the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to countering racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance.

For students studying the holocaust the holocaust education workshops at the Jewish Museum, London offer an insightful, thought-provoking approach to the Holocaust. Students can handle authentic artefacts, explore the experiences of individuals and hear a survivor testimony. Our programmes place an emphasis on enhancing thinking skills and moral development and are delivered by nationally recognised experts.

To coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day a new workshop for primary and secondary students is being launched which will help to support young people with their mental health around grief and loss.

‘Life with Loss: Understanding Grief & Memory’ has been created in memory of Holocaust survivor Solly Irving z’’l. Students reflect on grief and loss through object handling, filmed testimony and create a creative response piece reflecting on Solly’s experiences. https://jewishmuseum.org.uk/schools/book-now/

Today Prince Charles unveiled the seven portraits he recently commissioned of some of the UK’s last remaining Holocaust survivors and described them as a “permanent reminder” to their lived experience and a powerful reminder of the horrors of the Nazi regime that serve as lasting reminders of the horrors of the Nazi regime. A third of the Europe’s Jews were murdered, as well as countless others minorities between 1933 and 1945.

Charles attended the unveiling of the portraits today at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and spoke to those who had once been held captive. A national ceremony will be streamed online this evening and at 20.00 people are being asked to light a candle to leave in their window as a tribute of the horrors endured by the Jewish people. At 21.00 on BBC Two there is a documentary called Survivors: Portraits of the Holocaust that follows the lives and experiences of the seven subjects as they are painted.

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is also offers Holocaust and Recognising Genocide Explorer Days for Key stage 3 and 4 students. Both days feature a 90-minute indoor session, outdoor guided walk around the Arboretum and an act of Remembrance.

The Holocaust Day will explore the stories of British people, from very different backgrounds, who took risks and showed great courage and determination in order to save the lives of Jewish people during the Holocaust.

Each person has now been awarded a medal as a ‘British Hero of the Holocaust’ by the UK Government. During the Recognising Genocide day, students will explore the ten stages of genocide using case studies and learn how to recognise genocide and discrimination. The activity is designed to encourage debate and promote a culture of respect and tolerance.
The Explorer Days are available throughout the year, four groups of twenty students can be accommodated each day, at a cost of £180 per group.

A heartfelt tribute to mourn the victims of the Holocaust took place with a parade through Huddersfield town centre yesterday, as the town once again welcomed The Weeping Sisters. The sisters are large puppet like figures, each represent the communities that were affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

They include Jewish, Bosnian, German, Kurdish, Roma, Burundi and Syrian women, and will be accompanied by traditional music and singing from the cultures they honour during their journey through Huddersfield.

Produced in collaboration with Kirklees Council, The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre, The University of Huddersfield, Creative Scene and the 6 million+ charitable trust, the event is designed to draw attention to the atrocities that were committed during the second world war, and to the subsequent genocides that have occurred worldwide since.

The parade is not the first time the figures have visited Huddersfield, with a similar memorial event also held back in 2019 receiving widespread praise and recognition from the local community.

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