Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January will mark 74 years since the liberation
of Auschwitz concentration camp. To commemorate the day, a variety of events
will be held across the city of York.
The programme of events will be shaped around the theme of ‘Torn from Home’ and is
designed to bring awareness to the people forced to leave their homes under threat
of mass-persecution and genocide during the Holocaust. With 2019 also marking
20 years since the Rwandan genocide, the events will also aim to bring
awareness to communities threatened with violence and mass-persecution
The commemoration on Thursday 24 January with 600 candles being lit
in York Minster’s chapter house, in commemoration of the 600 million who died
in the Holocaust. It will continue on Saturday 26 January with a film
presentation in the University of York’s Black Box theatre in TFTV on Campus
East, by Michael Berkowitz, studying the historical involvement of Jews in the
development of photography. Sunday 27 January will serve as a time for
reflection in St. Mar-tin’s church with video installations on the theme of
‘Torn from Home’. Later in the day, a city of York Civic event will be hosted
by the mayor of York in Temple Hall, where a collation of artistic work will be
put together that reflects the theme of the commemoration.
On campus, Holocaust survivor, Marc Schatzberger, will be delivering his testimony of himself
as a young boy who escaped from Austria to travel to London on the
Kindertransport. He would later find out that both his parents were killed in
the Auschwitz concentration camp. Marc will be speaking on Wednesday 30 January
at 2.30pm in P/X/001. The event has been organised by Regional Ambassadors of
the Holocaust Educational Trust in conjunction with Constantine and Goodricke
College and York Jewish Society.
Thursday 14 March will also commemorate the Clifford’s Tower massacre, where the mass-murder
of York’s Jewish population took place in 1190. An event will be held at Clifford’s
tower on the day with various contributions and speeches made, and will also be
attended by the Mayor and Civic party. The events aim to shed light not only on
the horrors of the Holocaust, but also on other events such as the Rwandan
genocide, reminding us that the lessons of the Holocaust must be remembered.