Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day is a day to remember the millions of people killed both in the Holocaust – 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp – and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The Library is currently showing a selection of books (fiction and non-fiction) and other materials from its Curriculum Resources Collection to tie in with Holocaust Memorial Day 2014, which takes place on 27th January and whose theme is ‘Journeys’:

The experience of those affected by the Holocaust and genocide is characterised by forced journeys. Many of these journeys ended in death; some ended in survival. There are journeys too, made after liberation: to life in new countries, or returning home to the places where neighbours may have contributed to the persecution. Individuals and families were forced to move away from their homes and familiar surroundings, into the unknown. These journeys were mostly undertaken in fear and in ignorance of what would be found at the journey’s end. Refugees travelled across countries and across seas. In deportations and death marches, the journey itself was a means of degrading, persecuting and killing Jews, political prisoners and many others.

(From the website of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust)

We hope you will find the display, which is on the shelves near the stairwell on Level 4, interesting and can use some of the materials in your classrooms. More information on the Curriculum Resources Collection is available at: http://libguides.ioe.ac.uk/curriculumresources

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