A series of free Holocaust Memorial Day events have been announced.

A film, art, music and lecture will be put on from today ahead of the countdown to the poignant, nationwide commemoration of victims under Hitler and of other genocides on January 28.

Huddersfield charitable trust 6Million+ is organising the events for the first time on behalf of Kirklees Council at the University of Huddersfield.

Paintings by respected Leeds artist Eugene Black have gone on show inside the university’s Creative Arts building to mark the beginning of the events.

Entitled Lost Faces, it explores his tragic past, in which he became the only member of his family to survive the concentration camps.

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They are available to view from 9am to 7pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

Writers can write poems and prose in response to the paintings at a writing workshop led by local poet Adam Strickson in the same building on January 13.

They will then be displayed alongside the paintings on January 27 and 28.

The session will take place from 7 to 9pm but places must be booked by emailing adam_writer@btinternet.com.

A screening of Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will go ahead on January 27 at 7.30pm at Heritage Quay.

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It will be followed by an award winning series of short animated films by Fettle Animation for BBC Learning based on interviews with Holocaust survivors.

Multiple events will take place on January 28.

In Student Central from 10am to 4pm, visitors will be able to make and decorate lanterns with paper buttons, which will be floated on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in a ceremony later that day.

At the same time an art installation on campus will bring to life stories told to Jenny Kagan by her Lithuanian parents about surviving in hiding during WW2.

Lilian Black, daughter of Eugene Black and Chair of the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association will speak about the spirit of survival at 6pm in the West Building Lecture Theatre.

Leisel Carter, Holocaust survivor will attend a session in the same room afterwards, which will include a performance of “Put Yourself in My Shoes”, a response to the stories of local Kurdish refugees by Dewsbury Collegians.

The United Hebrew Congregation will sing and local faith representatives will light candles alongside survivors.

Other events that will take place include a lantern ceremony (canalside steps at5.30pm), performances by Thornhill Community Academy and Royds Hall Community (1.30pm) and poetry and music (Coffee Kabin, 8.45pm)

6Million+ members are currently raising money to fund a permanent public sculpture made out of over six million buttons at the university, commemorating those killed in genocides.