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Published: 27 April 2020

Surrey commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

The University of Surrey observed Holocaust Memorial Day with a variety of events, taking the opportunity to learn about the past and build a safer future.

Woman lighting candle for Holocaust Memorial Day

The University’s Holocaust Commemoration event took place on Wednesday 29 January at Lakeside Restaurant on campus. Among the guests was the Bishop of Guildford, The Right Reverend Andrew Watson, who spoke about his family’s experience of taking in refugees during the war. The event included an opportunity for reflection and the lighting of candles, and the cast of Guildford School of Acting’s (GSA) production of The Diary of Anne Frank performed excerpts from the production.

The University also held a hate crime panel event, where expert panel members discussed ‘Hate, Hate Crime and the Holocaust’. The panel members included experts from the Universities of Portsmouth and Limerick, Emma Nuttall from Friends, Families and Travellers, and Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett.

The University’s library hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day exhibition from 27 to 31 January, sharing a selection of materials from the University’s collections, and inviting staff and students to contribute to a diversity and inclusivity postcard project.

GSA students also tackled the important topic of prejudice and discrimination in a haunting new adaption of The Diary of Anne Frank in December 2019. There was a special screening of the documentary film No Asylum, covering the untold chapter of Anne Frank’s story, on 13 December to complement the play. A Q&A session after the screening included special guest Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor, author, international speaker and Anne Frank’s stepsister.

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