Holocaust survivors will be among those attending a special day of remembrance at the University of Sussex to mark the Holocaust Memorial Day 2001.
The free event, organised by the Sussex Centre for German Jewish Studies, takes place on January 24 and is open to all students, teachers and interested members of the public. It will include film shows, talks and discussion groups focussing on the theme of Holocaust Education Through Film. Guest speakers include Sue Reed, director of the TV documentary Children who Cheated Hitler, which tells the story of the rescue of Jewish children from Europe, and one of the "rescued children" Bea Green.
A session of film clips showing experiences in the ghettos and the camps will be followed by a talk by another Holocaust survivor, Janina Fischler-Martinho.
Luke Holland, an independent filmmaker from Lewes, will speak about using film as a vehicle of remembrance and will show footage about gypsies, gay people, the experiences of slave labourers and other victims of the Nazis. There will also be a panel discussion about the importance of film in Holocaust education with Judy Ironside, director of the Brighton Jewish Film Festival, and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe.
The day will end with a showing of Hannah, an award-winning modern Austrian thriller about racism in Europe and the rise of the neo-Nazis.
The event has been sponsored by the Association of Jewish Refugees. Chana Moshenska, director of educational programmes at the Centre for German Jewish Studies and event organiser, said: "The point is to remind people that the issues of the Holocaust are relevant today because they are issues of racism and multiculturalism. Film is a good medium to use for this because the message is so vivid."
Holocaust Memorial Day is actually on January 27. Because this is a Saturday, a holy day in the Jewish week, Wednesday, January 24 was considered a more appropriate day for this event.
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