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Starting on 24th January, Newcastle will deliver a special programme of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.  It will commemorate those people who suffered and died, and those who tried to protect and save them, during the Holocaust and other Genocides.

This year’s national theme is The Power of Words, chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Holocaust Memorial Day is Saturday 27th January.

In Newcastle there will be films, talks, art exhibitions, a conference (“10 Steps to Genocide”), poetry and the Brundibar Arts Festival.

Newcastle City Council is a partner in and supporter of the Holocaust Memorial Day programme, which is delivered by voluntary organisations based in the city.

The centre-piece of the programme will be an exhibition launch on Sunday 28th January at the City Library entitled “A Picture, A Life, A Future”. Where the special guests will be Arek Hirsch, a Holocaust survivor and Robert Rinder of ITV’s “Judge Rinder” and BBC One’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. The exhibition has been organised by the Representative Council for North East Jewry.

Mr Rinder is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor who was one of 732 Jewish orphans famously known as ‘The Boys’, though 80 were girls.  They were given sanctuary by the British government in 1945 and started new lives, many of them in Windermere, Lake District. In 2015 a series of Memory Quilts were created to commemorate their lives. Mr Rinder’s grandfather and Mr. Hirsch were both among their number.

Replicas of the original Memory Quilts will be exhibited at the City Library from 28th January until 8th February, alongside a series of new quilts created by local school children. *The original quilts, which are delicate and fragile, are owned by the ‘45 Aid Society.

The Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 events programme will take place in venues across the city, including: The City Library, the King’s Hall, the Lit & Phil, Newcastle University, North Benwell Youth Project, Tyneside Irish Centre and Walbottle Campus.

Councillor Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “The Holocaust was a deplorable act that should never be forgotten. In Newcastle, the local community will be coming together to deliver a programme of events that shows how Genocide devastated generations, and how we learn from that today.

“Holocaust Memorial Day uses arts and culture to communicate these difficult and emotional messages, working directly with the young people in schools alongside putting on films, music and exhibitions in local venues. I urge people to go to these events.”

The best website for event details is www.newcastle.gov.uk/hmd where you can download a PDF of the Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 events programme. Also for further details about the Brundibar Arts Festival please visit www.brundibarartsfestival.com

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is supported in Newcastle by Newcastle City Council, the ’45 Aid Society, A Living Tradition, Anne Frank Trust UK, Northern Cultural Projects, Newcastle University, Dandy Events, Curious Arts, LGBT History Project NE, Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and the Brundibar Arts Festival.

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