There will be a series of events this week to mark Holocaust Memorial Day which is tomorrow.
Huddersfield University, supported by Kirklees Council and the 6 million+ Charitable Trust are holding the events on Wednesday and Thursday.
They include a screening of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The film will be shown alongside the award winning Children of the Holocaust short animations created by local animators – Fettle Animation at the Heritage Quay at the university.
And on Thursday from 10.30am to 4pm on 28 January there will be a chance to see part of Artist Jen Kagan’s installation from her exhibition Out of Darkness on the university campus, based on survival stories told to her by her Lithuanian parents.
At 5.30pm on Thursday, there will be an opportunity to attend a lantern ceremony at the Canal Side Steps in the university campus. Small lanterns, decorated with buttons and messages of hope will be floated, accompanied by singing from Linthwaite Ardron Junior School Choir.
Then an 6pm anyone who is interested in real life stories of the holocaust should attend Lilian Black’s talk about her father Eugene, and his experience of surviving 4 concentrations camps. The talk will take place at the West Building Lecture Theatre and places can be booked by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holocaust-day-lecture-tickets-20037105522 . Lilian’s brother, David Black, also has an exhibition of paintings based on his father’s experience in the Creative Arts building of the University. His exhibition is open until 14 February.
As the evening draws in there will be a chance to attend the Don’t Stand By Commemoration event, which begins at 7.30pm. This event will feature a presentation by holocaust survivor Leisel Carter, and a performance by Dewsbury Collegians - who will be performing of a piece of drama based on the testimony of local Kurdish refugees, commissioned by Creative Scene.
Finally there will be a chance to enjoy a warm drink whilst listening to readings and music at Coffee Kabin at 37-39 Queensgate from 8.45pm
The events are but donations are welcome.