20 January 2018 10:00am–6:00pm
Long Room, Oxford Town Hall
To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 there will be a “Never Again” educational exhibition in Oxford Town Hall to remind us of the horror of the Holocaust and remind us why we need to counter racism and intolerance today.
The exhibition will comprise of a series of displays of text and pictures that will take up the following themes:
- The extermination of 6 million Jews and 7 million other people deemed “undesirable” by the Nazi regime.
- The victim groups and the ways they were scapegoated and marginalised including legal forms of exclusion
- The development of mass extermination and death camps
- The driving forces behind the holocaust
- Fascism today and their modern targets.
- Similarities with today and the 1930’s
- Resistance to fascism and racism
This event is organised by Oxford Stand Up To Racism as part of a national campaign to challenge all forms of racism and to help build the Europe-wide anti-racist protests on UN anti-racism day on March 17.
The exhibition is open daily, 10am – 6pm (closes 5pm Saturday and closed Sunday) and includes a section on the nazi persecution of trade unionists, the rise of far right today and the risks this poses.
Throughout the event there will be guest speakers invited from Jewish, Muslim, Roma, LGBTQ, Women, disabled communities, Trade unionists and the Labour movement.
- Saturday 20th January, 11 a.m. opening ceremony with Jean Fooks Lord Mayor of Oxford
- Monday 22nd January, 5.15pm “LGBT oppression and the Holocaust” – Matthew Callow, Chair Oxford Unite Health
- Tuesday 23rd January, 5.15pm “Women under fascism” – Debbie Hollingsworth, Oxford Women’s Network
- Wednesday 24th January, 5.15pm “Roma & the Holocaust,” – Roma Support Group invited
- Thursday 25th January 12.15pm “Oppression of disabled people under fascism,” – Oxford City Councillor invited
- Thursday 25th January 5.15pm “Resistance Against Fascism – Then and Now” – Russ Chandler, UAF member who attended recent UAF/LMHR educational trip to Krakow & Auschwitz
- Friday 26th January 5.15pm “Trade unions & fascism” – Pol O Ceallaigh President Oxford & District Trades Council
- On Holocaust Memorial Day, Saturday 27th January at 1pm Alison Ryde, President Oxford Jewish Congregation and others will be speaking at the event.
Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1945 when Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They found thousands of emaciated survivors, and the smouldering remains of the gas chambers and crematoria – the Nazi attempt to destroy evidence of their crimes against humanity.
The Holocaust fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization and serves as a warning of the horror that fascism can unleash. The magnitude of the Holocaust, planned and carried out by the Nazis, must be forever seared in our collective memory. The Nazis “Final Solution” saw the extermination of 6 million Jews in an attempt to ethnically cleanse Europe of all Jews. The terrible suffering of the many millions of other victims of the Nazis has left an indelible scar across Europe as well.
Selfless sacrifices of those who defied the Nazis, and sometimes gave their own lives to protect or rescue the Holocaust’s victims, must also be inscribed in our hearts.
We must never forget that the logical conclusion of unchecked racism was the death camps and we must unite to say “Never Again”.
Find out more about Oxford Stand Up To Racism.