Newcastle gets ready for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day

A huge programme of events has been put together in Newcastle as the city comes together for Holocaust Memorial Day later this month. 

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) sees people across the world unite to remember the millions of lives lost through Nazi persecution and in more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Occurring on January 27 each year, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz, people come together to learn more about past atrocities, remember the victims and honour the survivors.    

In Newcastle, a variety of arts, film, performance, poetry, music and spoken events are being held on and around January 27 as the city takes part in HMD.  

Each year, HMD has a different theme with this year’s being ‘Torn From Home’. It was chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to encourage audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. 

Cllr Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “The Holocaust and other genocides around the world were horrific but it is vital to remember those who endured the worst imaginable experiences during these historic events. 

“The theme this year allows for reflection on how we can support people escaping persecution right now, who may wish to make a new home in our communities, and how we can learn from the grave mistakes of the past to make for a better future. 

“We’ve worked closely with local communities and voluntary groups to come up with this year’s programme and I hope audiences will be engaged and enlightened by this creative and sensitive response to being torn from home.” 

Programmes are available at community buildings around the city, while it can also be viewed online. Visit www.newcastle.gov.uk and search Holocaust Memorial Day for details of the events taking place.