QUAD in Derby will be holding events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 in January as part of a programme of Events in Derby. The theme for 2019 is ‘Torn From Home’ and all the events are free and open to the public.
QUAD will be holding the main event on Monday 28th January at 7.30pm with an evening of words, music and dance on the theme of ‘Torn from Home’. Leading this years’ commemoration event at QUAD, Holocaust survivor and Kindertransportee Ruth Barnett will give a presentation on the theme of ‘Denial’. In addition, there will be inspiring and moving performances of spoken word, poetry, traditional songs, music and dance, from Derby’s Jewish, Ukrainian, Gypsy Armenian and Bosnian groups, representing some of Derby’s diverse communities. Admission is free but limited, booking is available in advance through QUAD Box Office.
This is preceded by events in other Derby venues on Monday 28th January as part of the 2019 programme:
At Bridge Chapel, Service of reflection and Act of Commemoration, from 3:00pm, followed by stone setting on the Cathedral Green.
At the Bosnia Herzegovina Centre, Reception in Commemoration of the Bosnian war and Srebrenica massacre from 4:00pm.
At Derby Cathedral, Service of Commemoration and Hope, from 6:00pm.
In QUAD on Tuesday 29th January at 9.30am there will be a screening of the film Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport” (PG). Narrated by Dame Judi Dench, this incredibly moving Oscar winning documentary tells of the extraordinary rescue operation that brought ten thousand children from German-held lands to Great Britain in the months prior to World War II. The film is followed by a Q&A session with Holocaust survivor and Kindertransportee Ruth Barnett. Admission is free but limited, booking is available in advance through QUAD Box Office.
The week concludes at Derby’s Multi Faith Centre on Friday 1st February from 7:30pm, where the Ukrainian community present an evening of words, music and dance.
All the events are free and open to the public, organised by Derby’s independent Holocaust Memorial Day Planning group. For more information please see: https://holocaustmemorialdayderby.org/ QUAD events can be booked online https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/events/holocaust-memorial-day-2019 or from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.
Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 2001 as an international day to remember the victims of genocides to coincide with the date of the liberation of Auschwitz, 27th January 1945. Derby has commemorated the date with events each year, in addition to the Holocaust, also marking the Armenian genocide, the Ukrainian Holodomor and the genocide of the Bosnian people at Srebrenica.
The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root. Whilst some actively supported or facilitated state policies of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently – at best, afraid to speak out; at worst, indifferent. Bystanders enabled the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.
Derby City Council have recently unanimously approved a resolution to formally recognise the man-made famine of 1932-33 (also known as the Holodomor), as an act of genocide committed against the Ukrainian people; and the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1918, as an act of genocide committed against the Armenian people.
Holocaust Memorial Day Events in Derby venues:
Bridge Chapel, 2 St Mary’s Court, Duke St, Derby DE1 3DD
Bosnia Herzegovina Centre, 99 Curzon St DE1 1LN
Derby Multi Faith Centre, Derby University, Kedleston Rd, DE22 1GB