Holocaust Memorial Week 2020
Holocaust Memorial Week 2020 marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.
On Holocaust Memorial Day, the University community joined together to remember those killed in the Holocaust and other genocides at the Reading of Names in Square 4 from 1pm-2pm. Throughout Holocaust Memorial Day, our staff and students were able to join artist Maggie Campbell to make a willow lantern for the Procession of Light which was held later in the afternoon. The procession was led across campus by musicians and finished outside the Lakeside Theatre where staff, students and members of the local community gathered for a moment of reflection, followed by refreshments in the Lakeside Theatre Café. In the evening, a screening of ‘Prosecuting Evil’ was held in the Lakeside Theatre followed by a discussion, led by Dr Andrew Fagan, Director of the Human Rights Centre.
As part of the Holocaust Memorial Week programme, Dr Roman Nieczyporowski from the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts visited the University and presented his new talk ‘Art and the Memory of the Holocaust’ and Don Kipper gave a special Holocaust Memorial Week performance in the Lakeside Theatre.
The Dora Love prize, awarded each year for the best Holocaust awareness project by an individual pupil or group of pupils at a school in Essex or Suffolk, was presented during Holocaust Memorial Week. The 8th Dora Love Prize was won by the Colchester County High School for Girls with runners-up prizes awarded to Northgate High School in Ipswich and SET Saxmundham.
As part of the week’s programme, Anthony Clavane from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies led a discussion ‘Bigger than ourselves: How football can help to challenge racism’ and Professor Lars Waldorf from the School of Law gave a talk on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Later on in the week, students from the Human Rights Society lead a roundtable discussion: ‘Burning of Books: Intolerance of Progress and of Diversity of Opinion’ which started with an opening statement from Professor Rainer Schulze, Emeritus Professor from the Department of History and later that evening, the University hosted a panel discussion on ‘The State of Antisemitism Today’.
Holocaust Memorial Week 2020 finished with University of Essex staff and students joining members of the local community for a Friday Evening Service.