UCL UCU: Holocaust Memorial Day events on and off campus

19 January 2024

You might be aware that the Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is coming up on 27 January. Read on to find out about activities and events happening near you.

General information about this day and the Holocaust can be found here at the website of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The theme of this year’s  HMD is Fragility of Freedom and there are many activities shared on this map https://www.hmd.org.uk/take-part-in-holocaust-memorial-day/activities/

Also, UCU is sharing a range of resources to commemorate HMD

As UCL branch, we would like to draw your attention in particular to the online UCL Lunch hour lecture 

Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE and Ruth-Anne Lenga of UCL’s Centre for Holocaust Education in conversation with Dr Michael Spence, UCL.

Wed, 24 Jan 2024 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Here some information about the event provided by the organisers: 

“Telling The Story: the vital role of survivors’ testimony in Holocaust education“

Perhaps the most powerful way to understand the Holocaust and the myriad methods through which Jewish people across Europe were dehumanised, excluded, persecuted and murdered is through the direct testimony of those who were the targets of Nazi antisemitism. In this special Lunch Hour Lecture to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2024, Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich, who was nine years old when the Nazis invaded her birth country of Poland, will talk to Dr Michael Spence, President & Provost of UCL, about what happened to her and her family, how she survived against the odds, her liberation by the British at Bergen-Belsen, and ongoing effects of this traumatic past. 

As part of the conversation, Mala and Ruth-Anne Lenga (UCL Centre for Holocaust Education) will also discuss how the testimony of survivors forms a vital part of educating about the Holocaust in schools and tackling stereotypes, misconceptions and generalisations about Jewish life and experiences before, during and after the Holocaust. 

You can sign up for the event via the eventbrite link above (embedded in the title of the event).