Remembering the Holocaust

Tuesday 9th January 2018

During January, Ards and North Down Borough Council will be holding a number of events remembering the Holocaust

The Holocaust was the systematic persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. It is thought that tens of millions of men, women and children died during this time, of which 6 million were Jews. During January, Ards and North Down Borough Council will be holding a number of events remembering the Holocaust, reflecting on the devastation it caused and how it haunts every generation with the harrowing tales of the time.

The series of events commences with exhibitions taking place in Bangor, the first of which starts in North Down Museum, Bangor, from Tuesday 9 January until Sunday 4 February. The exhibition is entitled ‘Auschwitz…recaptured’. David J Campbell is a locally-based self-taught photographer with a passion for his art. He strives to capture the uniqueness and essence of his every image. Let his exhibition take you on a journey that is both visual and emotional. Entry to the Museum is free, see northdownmuseum.com or call 028 9127 1200.

On Tuesday 23 January, at 11am, Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Robert Adair, will launch an exhibition on the holocaust at Bangor Carnegie Library entitled ‘The Power of Words’. The exhibition will display artwork, poems and stories from local schools and community groups and will be on display until 4 February and is open to everyone during library opening hours (see www.librariesni.org.uk or call 028 9127 0591). This exhibition is organised in conjunction with the Council’s Good relations team.

The annual Holocaust Memorial event at Bangor Town Hall will take place on Friday 26 January. Hosted by the Mayor, this poignant event will take place in the Chamber at 7pm. The event will include first generation speaker, Rachel Levy, a survivor who experienced both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and Oliver Sears, a second generation speaker, who will talk about his mother, Monika Sears, who is a survivor of the holocaust. There will be poetry readings from Millisle Primary School and a performance by Andrew McBride.

At the end of the month, on Tuesday 30 January, at Millisle Presbyterian Church 7pm there will be a rehearsed reading of the drama ‘Judgement at Nuremberg’ performed by Ad Hoc Drama Group. The Abby Mann play, based on the Justice Trial of 1947, will detail the Nuremberg trials heard from key witnesses whose testimony was instrumental in leading to convictions of those found guilty of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.

Both the Holocaust Memorial event and the ‘Judgement at Nuremberg’ are free non-ticketed events. Numbers are limited and registration is advised, please email goodrelations@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or call 0300 013 3333 ext 40245.