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York to remember Holocaust victims
YORK will remember those who died during the Holocaust with a programme of events during January and February.
The programme, which includes a range of thought-provoking meetings and activities, has been organised by the University of York, York St John University, New School House Gallery, City Screen and South Bank Community Cinema.
Coun Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This year’s programme is larger and more diverse than that of previous years, including songs, performances, photographic exhibitions and lectures as well as giving opportunities for reflection and personal contemplation.
“The Holocaust Memorial Day programme links with York’s work around its city-wide Equality Scheme and our City of Sanctuary status.”
This year, the Holocaust Memorial Day civic event will take place on Thursday, January 24, at York St John University. Riding Lights and York Theatre Royal youth theatre groups will share a new performance based on material from York’s Refugee Committee Minute Book.
There will be two guest speakers; Edith Jayne, who will talk about surviving the Holocaust and the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Keith Hyman, who will talk about the effects of apartheid on the District 6 neighbourhood in CapeTown, and why his family left South Africa.
There will also be a candle-lit commemoration of the 1190 massacre at Clifford’s Tower on Sunday, January 27.
This year, a guest choir from Moriah Jewish Day School in London will perform at the commemoration joined by pupils of Burnholme Community College.
Other events include two Jewish Heritage trails which will recall the medieval and modern Jewish community’s contribution to York’s history on Sunday, January 20 and 27. School workshops will also take place in York, supported by SACRE (York Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education).
Many of the programme’s events are free, some require booking in advance.
For further details visit yorkfestivals.com or phone 01904 554275 or email email@example.com