UJS is proud to engage a host of students, from a multitude of faith and non-faith backgrounds to partake in the commemoration of the Holocaust. The living memory of the Holocaust is paramount to the role UJS plays in the student community.
In 2017, Jewish societies hosted 38 Holocaust Memorial Day events over 27 campuses around the UK, engaging 1200 students all together. Highlights of events that have been run in the last year have included:
- 270 guests gathered to hear the testimony of Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick at the University of Birmingham, hosted by Birmingham J-Soc
- Liverpool J-Soc hosted both a Holocaust survivor and a survivor of the Rwandan genocide which attracted 300 people including the Sabbatical team of the SU.
- Hull J-Soc hosted a vigil and a stall together with the LGBT+ Network, showing solidarity with other minority groups who were victimised by the Nazi regime.
Jonny Graham and Spencer Glass, Swansea J-Soc: 'We gathered together to light a candle and recite a prayer of remembrance for those who lost their lives to the hands of evil. This was followed by a screening of the emotional film Sarah's Key, which follows the story of a young girl torn apart from her family following Vel' d'Hiv round-up.'
Aaron Ginsberg, Bristol J-Soc: 'I felt that our event both educated about the Holocaust on a small scale through the story of an individual, and allowed us to give remembrance to those fallen in the atrocities of the Holocaust and other more recent tragedies.'
Ananda Mohan, Vice President of the Guild of Students at University of Liverpool: ‘The Holocaust Memorial Day held by our J-Soc was an eye-opening and inspiring event. The guest speakers who spoke about their struggles served as a reminder to stand up against such injustices whether it is within our borders or wherever around the globe.’
UJS is also proud of the fact that it runs Holocaust Education Trust trips for student leaders to learn the atrocities of the Holocaust and take part in the Lessons from Auschwitz seminar. Student leaders attend an orientation seminar where they hear from a survivor, fly to Poland (Krakow) for the day where they visit Oswiecim and then Auschwitz (I & II) and attend a follow up seminar focused on contemporary antisemitism and how to deal with it.
Holocaust education aids a wider aim to assist with fighting racism and fascism on campus, creating more inclusive campus communities for all.
Our Holocaust Memorial Day resource pack can be downloaded here.
Please contact Sam Gold email@example.com or Kathryn Rose firstname.lastname@example.org to find out ways to be involved, to host Holocaust Education events on your campus or if you are a Sabbatical officer, join our UJS/HET Trip.