HMD 2018 - THE POWER OF WORDS
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is The Power of Words. Here’s how we’ll be marking HMD 2018 in the seven regions of the UK within which we work.
We’ll be holding our Annual Lunch for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 on 25 January – which is our biggest fundraiser of the year at a prestigious central London location with over 500 guests. BBC journalist and broadcaster Jo Coburn will be our Master of Ceremonies for the day and will be interviewing Kindertransportee and Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs. Our Ambassadors from St Ursula’s Convent School in Greenwich will also be presenting their work on-stage.
Keep an eye out for the launch of our new fortnightly blog on 25 January, which will feature great guest posts and articles which explore issues of prejudice and discrimination and ways to combat it through education.
Our exhibition Anne Frank + You being held at The New Walk Museum and Gallery until 31 January (find out full details here). On 29 January, our National Events Coordinator Sara Bloch will be leading an assembly with three classes from a local primary school: its content will focus on the Power of Words.
We’ll be holding four primary school workshops, focusing on the power of words. Students will explore a variety of types of prejudices including Anti-Semitism during the Holocaust, Islamophobia, Ableism, Sexism and homophobia. They will look at ‘words that hurt and words that heal’ in order to use their own healing words to write poetry, messages to people who have experienced prejudice and discrimination, and visual art.
Tuesday 9th Jan and Thursday 11th Jan – Stocksfield Avenue Primary School, Newcastle (Year 6)
Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th Jan – Knop Law Primary School, Newcastle (year 5 + 6)
On Monday 22nd Jan, one year 6 class from Stocksfield Avenue Primary will join with a class that Northern Cultural Projects are working with from St John’s Primary School to work with professional artist, Sally Southern, to make their own HMD quilts (one for each school). This will take place at Newcastle City Library.
On Sunday 28 January, the two quilts will be displayed alongside the quilts made by The Boys (LDHP) for two weeks in Newcastle City Library. An event marking the launch of the exhibition takes place on this day with speakers Arek Hirsch (one of the Boys) and Robert Rinder (aka ‘Judge Rinder’ grandson of one the Boys). This is also a collaboration with the Representative council for the NE Jewry and the library.
All of this activity is generously being supported by Newcastle City council.
In Bolton, a group of primary school Ambassadors will be reading from Anne’s diary and lighting a candle in memory of her. Our North West Regional Manager Keziah will then be giving a very short talk about the power of Anne’s words.
In Blackburn, our Ambassadors from each of the schools we’ve been involved with will be reading pledges.
In Liverpool, we’ll also be attending a few events in the locality – check back soon for further information!
We’ll be running a full schools programme at The Higgins, Bedford along with volunteer sessions for staff and a young person’s panel to facilitate engagement of young people and visitors prior to the opening of our exhibition Anne Frank + Family, which runs from 24th January until 16th February (our honorary Vice President Gillian Walnes will be speaking at the launch event). Our Eastern Regional Manager Val Ross will be the lead speaker at Reading Civic Commemoration on 24th January
Local schools will be involved in the Anne Frank Tree commemoration in Russell Park, Bedford on 29th January. In the locality, we are working with a regional representative from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to broaden our reach amongst primary schools and will be hosting a post-HMD event with one of our Central Bedfordshire partner schools to build on engagement with the theme.
If you’d like to support us in reaching more young people through education and help us to empower them with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination, we would be grateful if you could donate and help us achieve our vision of a society free from prejudice and discrimination.
Together we can combat the rising prejudice and hate affecting our society – thank you!