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Torn from home: Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked at Sussex

An event at the University of Sussex to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will reflect on what happens when people are driven out of their homes because of persecution, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they build new homes when the genocide is over.

Organised by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, the event on Wednesday 6 February will be attended by the Austrian Ambassador to the UK, Michael Zimmermann.

It features two special guest speakers: British historian Richard Overy and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz. The day will be rounded off with the showing of a documentary film by Sussex resident Caroline Pick.

Professor Richard Overy has published extensively on the history of World War II and Nazi Germany. His talk in session 1, at 1.30pm, will focus on September 1939 and the fate of Europe's Jews.

This will be followed by a Q&A session, chaired by Professor Liz James, Head of the School of History, Art History and Philosophy.

For session 2, at 3pm, Auschwitz survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch will be in conversation with Niklas Frank, son of Dr Hans Frank, Governor of Nazi-occupied Poland. Niklas has completely repudiated his father and spends his time warning new generations about the future.

The duo’s conversation will be chaired by Trudy Gold, Director of Holocaust Studies at the Jewish Cultural Centre in London.

The day will be rounded off in session 3 at 4.30pm with the showing of documentary film Home Movie, which features an “intriguing juxtaposition of happy images and an increasingly uneasy undercurrent”.

Following the showing of the film, which has been shown at several prestigious international Jewish film festivals, documentary producer Nicola Glucksmann will chair a Q&A session with Home Movie’s director, Caroline Pick. “This film is a story of immigration, of dislocation, of incorrect identities and of secrets,” she says. 

The Holocaust Memorial Day event, from 1.30-5.30pm in the Jubilee Lecture Theatre, is free of charge and open to all students, staff and alumni; however, booking is essential as seating is limited. You can book for one or more of the three sessions.


Posted on behalf of: Centre for German-Jewish Studies
Last updated: Monday, 21 January 2019


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