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 2020, J-Socs hosted over 50 Holocaust Memorial Day events, across more that 40 campuses around the country. Students hosted Holocaust Survivors who spoke on many of these campuses, as well as students leading their own sessions in remembrance, such as film screenings and memorial events. Students across the country engaged over 6000 people across campuses, students from all different backgrounds and different societies. This has created safe environments on campus to educate about the Holocaust and further conversation to ensure that these atrocities never happen again.
Tory Selwyn, (UEA): ‘We were lucky enough to hear from Marcel Ladenheim who shared some wonderful first-hand accounts of struggles he faced within the years of the Holocaust and the resulting aftermath. The support we received not only from our Jewish community at university but also the non-Jewish was incredible and showed a great unity amongst our student population... we hope to continue running these events for as long as they are possible!’
Nathan Boroda (Warwick University): ‘Hearing a Holocaust survivor on campus last year was such an incredibly moving and unique experience. Sadly, future generations will not have the opportunity to hear direct testimony from survivors so it’s vital that we take this incredible opportunity’