Ards and North Down Borough Council remembers the Holocaust

Monday 14th January 2019

Ards and North Down Borough Council is marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 with a series of events including a special exhibition based on this year’s theme, ‘Torn from Home’, readings in local libraries, a Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration service and a stage production.

Image of holocaust victims

The ‘Torn from Home’ exhibition will take place at Bangor Carnegie Library from Tuesday 22 January – Saturday 2 February (2019), displaying stories and artwork contributed by local schools, youth groups and community groups in Ards and North Down. Reflecting on the consequences of individuals, families and communities being driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when genocide is over.

The exhibition can be viewed at Bangor Carnegie Library during opening hours and is free of charge. See librariesni.org.uk or telephone 02891 270 591.

In addition to the exhibition, local libraries within the borough will host a series of readings by the Holywood Writers group to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in;

  • Newtownards Library, Monday 21 January at 6.30pm
  • Bangor Carnegie Library, Tuesday 22 January at 10am
  • Comber Library, Wednesday 23 January at 2pm
  • Donaghadee Library, Wednesday 23 January at 7pm
  • Holywood Library, Friday 25 January at 2pm

On Tuesday 29 January, a Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration service will take place in The Chamber, Bangor Town Hall. This closed event will feature guest speaker, ninety-three-year-old first-generation survivor, Harry Bibring BEM. The following day Mr. Bibring will address 250 pupils from 8 post primary schools within the borough.

Winner of the 2015 Belfast International Arts Festival Audience Award and touring Northern Ireland as part of Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 commemorations, The Suitcase play, by Jane Coyle, directed by Stephen Beggs will take place in Studio 1A, Bangor on Wednesday 6 February. Moving between Belfast in the present day and 1930s Europe, the play is a love story, a hymn to the redemptive power of art and a life-affirming human drama. 

Tickets priced £12 can be booked via www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardsandnorthdown.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Richard Smart, commented:

 “The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed persecution to take root.  As a society we must remember the atrocity of the Holocaust and make sure not to turn a blind eye when those around us face prejudice or victimisation.  I would encourage everyone to take time to come along to one of the upcoming events and use it as a medium for reflection.”

This project has been supported by The Executive Office through Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Good Relations programme.

Image © Wiener Library :Arrival of women and children at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944