Holocaust Commemoration Talks

We would like to invite you to participate in marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.  All activities and events in Cambridge will be online and there are a variety of ways in which you can join in. Please find details HERE about ways to participate by joining our Virtual Choir 2021, or submitting a candle photo in your hand to help us produce an online community gathering, or draw a picture of HOPE to illustrate Michael Rosen's new poem! 

Join us to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on Wednesday 27th January 2021 

Michael Rosen is our ‘Poet in Residence’ at HistoryWorks and therefore at 4pm Cambridge City Council will switch on lights for the Guildhall to be lit in purple as this is the official colour chosen to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27th January, when Michael Rosen will release his online film on this year’s theme ‘Be The Light in the Darkness’. 

So if you are able to, put a picture of a candle in your front window with the word ‘Hope’ or your ‘Messages of Hope’ and light a candle to mark HMD on the evening of Wednesday 27th.  You'll be able to view Michael Rosen's launch of the Holocaust Memorial Day film here:

'Light in the Darkness' 

Commissioned for HMD by Helen Weinstein of HistoryWorks on behalf of Cambridge City Council; Words composed by the poet, Michael Rosen; Recorded and Edited by Jon Calver; Dancers from Elevation Youth Dance Company, Directed by Helen Garner; Technical Direction at the Robinson Theatre, Hills Road Sixth Form College by Alex Bevan; Filmed and Edited by Toby Peters of Marmalade Films; Produced by Helen Weinstein of HistoryWorks. 

As in previous years, fundraising is a very important part of our Holocaust commemoration activities, to support refugees in particular.  There are two Cambridge charities attempting to support overwhelming needs of refugees and asylum seekers during the pandemic, and we urge donors to be generous to the Cambridge Refugee Hardship Fund giving practical support on the streets of Cambridge, and to the Cambridge Convoy Action Group giving support of food and shelter and clothes to those on the move in Europe.  You can find out more about the charities and how to donate on the information page HERE

Michael Rosen talk at 8pm on Wednesday January 27th 2021 about 'The Missing - My family's Experience of the Holocaust and My Journey to Find Out What Happened'

Please note in your diary that HistoryWorks has organized for Michael Rosen to be our speaker on Holocaust Memorial Day itself suitable for aged over 10 to 100.  At 8pm in the evening, Michael’s Rosen talk will be be free online telling his own story of ‘The Missing. My family’s experience of the Holocaust’ which will be illustrated with his photographs. All are welcome and there will be a Q&A at the end. It is a free event and we ask only for charity donations for Cambridge Charities supporting Refugees and People Experiencing Homelessness.  Find out more information about the talk plus sign-up via email from where you'll be sent a zoom link at Eventbrite here.

Join us for the Civic Holocaust Memorial Event 5pm Sunday 31st January 2021 


Please join us for the civic commemoration, which will be an uplifting community event illustrated with songs, poetry, music, art, dance.  It will be an online event commencing at 5pm on Sunday 31st January. HistoryWorks is producing the Holocaust Memorial Commemoration on behalf of the Mayor and Cambridge City Council.  Michael Rosen and Holocaust Survivor, Eva Clarke will be our narrators. To join in we’ll ask people to have a candle ready to light if they wish as a way of bringing the community together virtually. We'll have the online event launched at 5pm on Sunday via this link at 5pm HERE

Eva Clarke talk at 5pm Sunday 7th January 2021 about her birth during the Holocaust at Mauthaussen Concentration Camp

Please join us for an illustrated talk when Eva Clarke will tell her family story about her birth at a concentration camp during the Holocaust and her survival during the very last days of World War 2. It will be an online event commencing at 5pm on Sunday 5th January, followed by Q&A. It is a free event and we ask only for charity donations for Cambridge Charities supporting Refugees and People Experiencing Homelessness.  Find info about the talk plus sign-up at Eventbrite here.

Holocaust Commemoration Talks


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