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Remembering the Holocaust

Posted on 26 January 2015

Our staff and students are at the forefront of events taking place across the city this week to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Students perform lost scripts from the Holocaust


The Star of David at Terezin (credit: Lisa Peschel)
Students from our Department of Theatre, Film and Television will take to the stage on Thursday 29 January to perform a selection of newly discovered songs, scenes and a one-act play first performed by prisoners in the World War II Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt/ Terezín in Czechoslovakia.

The scripts were discovered by theatre historian Dr Lisa Peschel during interviews with survivors from the ghetto and are published in an anthology Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín /Theresienstadt Ghetto.

The performance takes place at the Upstage Centre Youth Theatre in Monkgate. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance: theatre-in-theresienstadt-ghetto.eventbrite.co.uk

Explore the research behind this event

Anne Frank exhibition

A team of University volunteers are working as guides at an exhibition, Anne Frank: A History for Today, staged in the North Transept at York Minster from Tuesday 27 January to Sunday 1 February. The exhibition, produced by the Anne Frank Trust UK, explores the complex historical events of the Holocaust against the backdrop of the life of Anne Frank and her remarkable diary.

Paul Tyack, from our Development and Alumni Relations Office, who organised the volunteers said: “We had a fantastic response with over 70 staff and students answering the call for volunteers. Our guides, who will lead school groups from across Yorkshire as well as members of the public, have been trained by the Anne Frank Trust and are set to play an important role in ensuring that the story of Anne Frank and her family is understood – and never forgotten.”

The Anne Frank Trust is an educational charity that works in schools, universities and communities across the UK to challenge prejudice and hatred by drawing on the power of Anne Frank’s life and diary.  The project is supported by the University of York’s YuFund.

Entrance to the exhibition is free to York residents with a valid York Card.    

Light a candle

On 27 January, we are joining York Minster for a public lighting of 600 candles to commemorate the six million people who died in the Holocaust. The event, which follows choral evensong, will be held in the Chapter House where there will be music, readings and space for quiet reflection.  It will also include the lighting of a special candle designed by Sir Anish Kapoor as part of commemorations across the UK to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Book tickets: www.yorkminster.org/whats-on/2015/01/27/holocaust-memorial-day.html