10 January 2017

A host of activities will be held in and around Lancaster to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.

The University will host a commemoration and candle-lighting, a tree planting ceremony and a diversity tour, while events will also take place at the Priory, Lancaster Castle and the University of Cumbria.

This year's Holocaust Memorial Day has the theme 'How can life go on?'. Author and survivor of the Holocaust Elie Wiesel said: "For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us about living." The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. HMD 2017 asks audiences to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27th January every year and remembers victims of the Holocaust as well as subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Events in Lancaster are organised by the Lancaster & Lakes Jewish Community together with Faith in Lancaster, More Music, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Priory Church. The full programme of events is below; a flyer can be downloaded here: Holocaust Memorial events flyer 2017

Interfaith service at the Priory church

Sunday 22nd January, 6.30pm

Music, prayers and reflections from a variety of traditions.


Film screening: The boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Tuesday 24th January, 6pm and Wednesday 25th January, 2pm

Book here: www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/events/university-events/lancaster/film-club-holocaust-memorial-day-on-the-27th-january.php


Commemorating the Holocaust at Lancaster Castle

Thursday 26th January, 6.30pm

The commemoration will begin at Lancaster Castle with candle lighting and prayers, followed by performances and reflections at the Storey.


Commemoration and candle lighting

Friday 27th January, from noon

Throughout the day, Alexandra Square, Lancaster University


Tree planting ceremony - Tu B'Shvat

Sunday 29th January, 10.45am

Celebrating the Jewish New Year at Lancaster University Memorial Woodland


Diversity tour

Sunday 29th January, 11.15am

Starting in the Jewish Rooms at Lancaster University, enjoy a bagel brunch and then visit the Mosque in Lancaster.

For more information about local events, visit www.moremusic.org.uk/events/289/HMD2017. For information about Holocaust Memorial Day, visit hmd.org.uk.