Southampton will be marking the UK’s national Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day with a commemorative event organised by the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations,
University of Southampton, and hosted by Solent University.
The Memorial Day is dedicated to the remembrance of victims who were persecuted as a result of genocide and discusses the discriminatory issues which society faces today. This year, the theme for Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day is 'Torn from Home'.
The free event will take place in the Palmerston Lecture Theatre in The Spark at 6pm (doors open at 5.30pm). The event is non-ticketed and all are welcome to attend.
The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews, will open the evening, which will feature a talk to mark the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi from University of
Southampton Equality and Diversity Officer Louise Goux-Wirth. There will also be reflective pieces from local sixth form students, a short film, music performed by University of Southampton students, and a dramatic piece performed by students from the performance degrees at Solent University.
Guests will have the opportunity to talk with the speakers before receiving Holocaust Memorial Day Trust literature and a memorial candle. There will be an opportunity to view an exhibition based on students' responses to Holocaust testimony and workshops held by the Parkes Institute.
Refreshments will be available directly after the event.