City museum to hold Holocaust memorial

The Collection museum is hosting a small programme of events to mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) from Wedneday, January 26.

This national day of remembrance is coordinated by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust whose campaign for 2011 is titled Untold Stories.

This campaign aims to raise awareness of the millions of unknown victims’ stories, the stories of individuals, communities and towns.

HMD 2011 asks people to reflect on these untold stories and how they can translate the words and lessons of the past into contemporary action.

The events at The Collection are being coordinated in association with the Council for Christians and Jews Lincoln and District branch.

They begin on Wednesday, January 26, with a talk by Hanneke Dye, a Holocaust survivor who was born in Nazi-occupied Holland in 1943 and whose story is an inspiring one in the face of such adversity.

Kieran Bussoopun, Access Team Coordinator for Culture and Adult Education at the Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“We are honoured to have Hanneke Dye come to The Collection and speak of her childhood experiences of the Holocaust, her family, her experiences of growing up under Nazi occupation and the uncertain future that lay ahead of her and millions of others.”

On Thursday, January 27, an evening of remembrance is taking place at the museum, with members from Lincolnshire’s diverse communities reflecting on the Holocaust.

On Saturday, January 29, the commemorative events conclude with a film screening at The Collection at 1.30pm.

Last Sunday evening, on January 23, Lincoln’s MP Karl McCartney MP also attended a service of prayer and reflection at the Parish Church of St John The Baptist to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, in Ermine, Lincoln.

McCartney said: “It is estimated that six million people, mainly Jews, were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust and we should never forget that.

“I was, therefore, very pleased to have been invited to the service at St John The Baptist Parish Church, Ermine, in anticipation of Holocaust Memorial Day […].

“The service, organised by Father Stephen Hoy and Jessica Howells, was very moving and a chance for the people of the Ermine in Lincoln to join together in remembrance of these terrible events, and listen to the individual stories of those who suffered in this and other genocides, while looking forward to try to create a better and safer future for everyone.”

Source: Lincolnshire County Council