Sunday, 25 January 2015

Keeping the Memory Alive

The Holocaust workshop at the Manchester Jewish Museum will open on Tuesday


In preparation for its new Holocaust educational workshop due to launch next Tuesday on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Manchester Jewish Museum opened its doors this Sunday for a preview and a commemoration talk.

Rose Stanyon, the learning officer and outreach manager at the Museum opened the ceremony with a definition of the Holocaust according to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and reminded the audience about the six millions Jews that lost their lives to the cruelty of the Nazis, as well as the disabled, homosexuals, Roma and political dissidents that were equally persecuted.

The Holocaust Remembrance Day has been observed since 2001 in the UK. As set by the HMD, this year’s theme for the ceremonies was “keeping the memory alive,” and so the museum decided to share the stories of three survivors who currently live in Manchester: Haim Ferster, Helen Taichner and Peter Kurer.

The workshop, which will be opened to the public from Tuesday, revolves around the moving yet terrifying testimonies of these individuals. For now, it consists in videos and audio files that are available on ipads. The museum, mainly funded by visiting fees and donations, hopes to improve it by adding projections and other testimonies once it reaches its goal budget. The workshop is available to book for school and private groups.


After Ms. Stanyon’s speech, the audience was invited to preview the workshop and later on a tour of the main exhibition which focuses on the Manchester Jewry and Judaism.

But the Manchester Jewish Museum wasn’t the only museum organising a commemoration event. The Imperial War Museum is offering free tours around the set theme and organised a lively klezmer concert in its main exhibition area.
The band, the Burning Bush, played traditional Yiddish and Ladino songs as well as very lively klezmer.





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