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Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 in Coventry

27 January 2020
  • Location: Broadgate, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1FS
  • Time: 11:45 - 12:45
  • Cost: FREE

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 - Stand Together: Join us to remember the millions that have died in genocides around the world.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Programme:

11.45am

  • Music performed by Coventry Music Brass Quintet
  • Welcome by Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader, Coventry City Council
  • Lord Mayor of Coventry - Councillor Linda Bigham
  • Speaker - Clive Stone DL
  • Coventry City Council Choir - The choir will be singing a Jewish song called Eli Eli.

Written by Hannah Senesh (1921-1944) who, through her brief but noteworthy life, became a symbol of idealism and self-sacrifice. She escaped from Hungary at the age of 18 and travelled to Israel. In 1943, at the height of World War II, she volunteered to go into Nazi-controlled areas in Europe to save Jewish lives. In 1944 she parachuted into Yugoslavia. After staying with the partisans, she went to Hungary, where she was discovered and executed by the Germans. She is known both for her heroism and her poetry.  

  • Speaker - Peter Skerrett - Unite the Union

As the leading trade union rep within Coventry City Council Peter will talk about Dachau Concentration Camp opened in 1933 to incarcerate and "re-educate" The Socialists, Trade Unionists and Communists who the new Nazi regime feared as an opposition to their ideology. Peter studied this period in history as a Coventry University student, in History and Politics.

  • Poems - Read by Coventry Young Ambassadors from Good Shepherd and Stoke primary schools

The Coventry Young Ambassador programme is a scheme that trains primary school children to be voluntary ambassadors for the City of Coventry. The Young Ambassadors are all trained and have volunteered for more than 2000 hours in the last year. Events that they have supported at include the Coventry Half Marathon; the Godiva Festival; Parkruns; the Christmas Lights Switch On; the launch of the new Coventry flag and much more. Coventry Young Ambassadors are especially pleased to be invited to the Holocaust Memorial as they have been involved in many peace initiatives, including the design of a new peace garden to be built in the War Memorial Park.

  • Readings by Coventry University Student Union
  • Stoke Park School

Each year University College London Centre for Holocaust Education look to recruit up to 15 secondary schools in England committed to teaching and learning about the Holocaust. Stoke Park in Coventry is one of those chosen schools.

  • Final words
  • Music performed by Coventry Music Brass Quintet

The event in Broadgate will finish at approximately 12.45pm

1.45pm to 2.30pm

  • Further talk and question and answers with Clive Stone DL

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