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Events Leading The following statements are based on extracts from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning.

up to Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January 2014

We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice. We must make sure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences and lessons for today. We remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocides, for instance in Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda and Darfur. We value the sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of the greatest inhumanity. We recognise that humanity is still scarred by the belief that race, religion, disability or sexuality make some people’s lives worth less than others’. Genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, hate crimes and discrimination still continue. We have a shared responsibility to work together to create a better present and future for all. “We are as big or as small as the space we make for others who are not like us.” Lord Sacks

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Week beginning Monday 13th January

Sunday 26th January

Solly Irving – a Jewish Holocaust survivor from London, will spend four days in Plymouth visiting secondary schools and colleges where he will share his testimony. This will be Solly’s 13th annual visit to us and we estimate that he has now spoken to over 20,000 Plymouth students during this time. These talks are not open to the public but there will be an opportunity to hear Solly on:


Wednesday 15th January at Crownhill Methodist Church Hall at 7pm. The title of his talk will be “Destined to Survive” --------------

The Centre will be offering assemblies for Plymouth schools related to Holocaust Memorial Day in the days leading up to 27th January. Contact the Centre for further information. ---------------

The English Garden, Mount Edgcumbe Lord Mayor, Councillor Vivien Pengelly, will attend the annual civic ceremony of remembrance at the memorial tree in the English Garden at Mount Edgcumbe. The Lord Mayor, speakers from three faiths and the Plymouth Young City Laureate, Catherine Rose will each offer a short reflection. Silences between will provide time for reflection. At the conclusion, The Lord Mayor will lay flowers at the foot of the tree. The Cremyll ferry leaves Plymouth at quarter past and quarter to the hour and returns from Mount Edgcumbe on the hour and half hour. Allow time to park as parking at Cremyll is limited. Try Devil's Point and walk back. ----------------

Monday 27th January Plymouth University - Roland Levinsky Building 10.30am - 3.00pm A public exhibition will be held at the University’s Cross-Point, in the Roland Levinsky Building. Representatives from local schools and colleges will be invited to share their own responses through art work, poetry, reflection, music and dance performances. Between 1.15pm and 2.15pm the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Nigel Churchill will join us for a more formal period of reflection, through words and music, provided by the young people themselves.

Holocaust Memorial Day events in Plymouth are organised by The Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, the Plymouth Church Leaders Meeting, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth SACRE and Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity. For further information about all the above events contact the Centre on: 01752 254438 or email: or Visit:

Also visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s website: