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Holocaust Day Remembered

The City gets behind commemorations of bravery and tragedy

Published on January 23rd 2012.


Holocaust Day Remembered

IN honour of the National Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, Manchester will hold a number of events commemorating the Holocaust. This date is also the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945 and the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to remember the victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities. They should never be forgotten 

Manchester City Council and UK Jewish Film have invited an audience of high school children and community groups to a special screening of 'Nicky's family', a film where the story of Sir Nicholas Winton and his rescue mission is told. In 1939 he planned the Czech Kindertransport that saved the lives of 669 children. A guest speaker at this event is Lady Milena Grenfell Baines who, at the age of nine, was one of the hundreds of children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton. 

Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein will host an event at the Manchester Town Hall on the 25 January where the 83-year-old Holocaust survivor Jack, who was the sole survivor of his family, will share his story. 

On the eve of Holocaust Day the Manchester Jewish museum will have a special ceremony where the theatre company Ensemble will plant the 'Souvenir d'Anne Frank' rose in the museum grounds.   

Ensemble will also premier a new production, telling the story of Anne Frank, her father and the rose at the Zion Arts Centre in Hulme. The museum will open a temporary exhibition named The Windermere Boys, which will be open from 29 January until 31 May 2012. It tells the story of 300 Jewish children who were sent to the UK and eventually settled in the country, many of them in Manchester. 

Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to remember the victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities. They should never be forgotten and it is important that we continue to remember and educate our young people. As time passes there are less survivors to talk about their experience and it is a privilege to hear survivors recount their stories first hand. All of the events that are taking place give us the opportunity to learn the lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and to promote the message of peace, respect and tolerance."

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AnonymousJanuary 24th 2012.

As Lady Milena herself recognised at the Sir Nicholas Winton celebration at Liverpool Street station last year, Sir Nicholas was not alone in the rescue of Jewish children from Prague in 1939. No less credit should go to Doreen Warriner - and in particular to Trevor Chadwick who ran the operation at the Prague end for four months after the Nazis invaded it. As Sir Nicholas wrote, Chadwick "did the more difficult and dangerous work...he deserves all praise". The full story is told in "The Rescue of the Prague Refugees - 1938-1939".

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