Aberdeen to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

Aberdeen to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day
Cowdray Hall in Aberdeen | Photograph by Chris Sansbury

Speakers at this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day in Aberdeen will reflect on the importance of coming together to remember victims of genocide. The event which takes place on 27 Jan at Cowdray Hall, will also explore issues with anti-Semitism that still happen in our communities.

International Holocaust Memorial Day is marked annually worldwide to commemorate the six million Jewish people murdered at Nazi death camps between 1933 and 1945. The event will also remember the millions more murdered in genocides that followed in Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda.

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27 Jan marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Visitors paying their respects can expect the full ceremony to last around an hour and 40 minutes, starting at 11:30am. Speakers this year include the Lord Provost, photographer Jennie Milne, Deejay Bullock from Four Pillars and Patricia Findlay, a member of Aberdeen Holocaust Commemoration Committee and Aberdeen Interfaith Group.

One Day – The Road Less Travelled

Jennie Milne will talk about her photography and video exhibition ‘One Day – The Road Less Travelled’. It tells her personal journey of retracing her family’s Holocaust story. Her exhibition opens at 10am in the Cowdray Hall on Holocaust Memorial Day and runs to Tuesday 1 Feb.

Images © Jennie Milne:
Alicia Melamed Adams and Adam Adams – Holocaust Survivors
from ‘The Road Less Travelled’ photography exhibition

Lord Provost Barney Crockett said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to come together to remember the victims and survivors of all genocides. I hope members of the public from all walks of life and all faiths or non-faith will join us in what is a moving, thought provoking and uplifting event.”

If you plan to attend the Holocaust Memorial Day event, you should note that it is a standing only event with only a very limited number of seats available. You can find further information on this and other events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at the Aberdeen City Council website.

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