Holocaust Memorial Day

Date: 26th January 2022 - 27th January 2022 Recurs daily.

Location: Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ER

Cost: Free

Time: 18:00 - 19:00

Holocaust Memorial day Logo from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Holocaust Memorial Day is One Day – 27 January – that we put aside to come together to remember and to learn in the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide.

Join us for our annual service of commemoration to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 26th January. The service will be available to watch online on the 27th January.

There will be music, reflections, a presentation from a local secondary school, poetry and an address by Mr Bernie Graham. Mr Graham’s connection with Southend is through his parents who lived much of the last twenty years of their lives in Westcliff-on-Sea. They both came to England as children in the late 1930s on the Kindertransport but sadly many of their family members were murdered in the Nazi Concentration camps at Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec, Sorbibor and Dachau. Mr Graham explored his mother’s family’s Holocaust experiences in the 2020 BBC 1 documentary, ‘My Family The Holocaust and Me’ with Rob Rinder. The two part series is still available on iPlayer.

On Thursday 27 January at 12 noon there will be our annual Tree planting ceremony at the junction of Carnarvon Road and Victoria Avenue, SS2 6LR.

Exhibitions

Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibitions will be on display at the Forum, Elmer Square, Southend, from Monday 10 January – Tuesday 25 January.  The exhibitions will then be relocated at the Civic Centre for the service of commemoration on Wednesday 26th January.

Stars Without a Heaven Children in the Holocaust

This exhibition is dedicated to the unique stories of children during the Holocaust. During a period when Jewish communities underwent social and familial upheaval, children living in this reality essentially lost their childhood.  It presents a collection of anecdotes, narratives and memories of Jewish children caught up in the crucible of the Holocaust. The drawings, poems, letters and toys displayed in this exhibition demonstrate the unique capacity of children to hold on to the forces of life, creativity, imagination, and optimism, despite facing dire circumstances.

Pogrom - November 1938

Testimonies from 'Kristallnacht' examines the November Pogrom from the perspective of eyewitnesses who recorded their experiences in 1938 and 1939. Some of the voices are raw and angry, some call for help, others are defiant; they evoke the confusion, fear and chaos of the moment-capturing an important escalation in Nazi anti-Jewish terror that would soon lead toward the Holocaust.

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