The annual Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Commemoration will take place at City Hall on Friday 25 January, from 2pm – 5pm. As in previous years, the event is organised by a multi-faith team of volunteers led by Marian Liebmann.
The theme ‘Torn from Home’ has been chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for this year’s event. We will remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of others killed under Nazi persecution, and the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. In every case millions of homes as well as lives were lost, and reflection upon this fact helps us to comprehend both differences and commonalities among genocide victims, and between these victims and ourselves.
The leading speaker will be Iby Knill, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor. Iby was sent from her home in Slovakia to Hungary, where she joined the Resistance Movement. After her arrest she was imprisoned and tortured before being sent to Auschwitz Birkenau and a slave labour camp at Lippstadt. In 1945 she worked with the Allied Military Government where she met her husband, a British Army officer. In recent years Iby has spoken to thousands of people and written two books about her experiences.
During the group discussion which will follow, participants will be invited to consider what it is like to flee your home at short notice, and to think about the items you would need or want in your suitcase. After a tea break, and an opportunity to visit the stalls of relevant Bristol projects (including refugee projects), there will be an opportunity to hear from local sixth-formers who have recently visited Auschwitz. Other speakers will include Cllr Asher Craig and HM Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding, and a closing ceremony will be led by Father Richard Mackay.
Quaker volunteers are needed ‘on the day’ to convene small group discussions. Full instructions will be provided. Please email Marian Liebmann asap if you have experience of leading discussions and are able to offer this service: firstname.lastname@example.org.