Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Commemorating the  victims of the Holocaust

Various dates through January

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 - Generation to Generation

It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Diversity Tour Sunday starting at the Jewish Rooms, Lancaster University

Sunday 18 January 11.30am

Enjoy bagels and listen to nationally recognised expert on racism, Paul Iganski, reflect on the impact of anit-semitism on Jewish life and culture. Visit a Mosque and learn more about our local Muslim community. Discover the secrets of East Meets West's embroidery.


  • 11.30 am.  Starts at the Jewish Rooms, Chaplaincy Centre, Lancaster University, with a bagel brunch, provided by members of the University Jewish Society. Guest speaker, Professor Paul Iganski, will talk about the impact of anti-semitism on Jewish life and culture. Leaving the university at about 1.00 pm.
  • 1.30 pm.  Arrive at Dallas Road Mosque, where the Imam, Nawaz Munshi, will give a tour of the mosque and talk about the local Muslim community in Lancaster. (the Mosque backs onto Dallas Road car park)
  • 3.00 pm.  Lancaster City Library, Market Square.  Refreshments provided by Friends of the Library.  Two women from East Meets West will talk about their embroidery and their group.


You are welcome to join for the whole tour or to join/leave at each point of the tour.  It's important to know who and how many are coming to the university so that JSoc have a clear idea of number of bagels to provide; and also whether people will need a lift, or can offer others a lift to the university and/or from university back into Lancaster.  Please contact Robbie Smith at or by phone on 01524-736410 if you will be coming to the Jewish Rooms 

Havdallah at The Friends Meeting House

Saturday 24 January 6pm – 9pm

Taking place at William Stout Room, Friends Meeting House and marking the end of the Jewish Sabbath there will also be a cultural sharing on the theme of Keeping Memories Alive.


Interfaith Service Sunday at Priory Church

25 January 6.30pm

Music, prayers, and reflections from a variety of traditions on the theme of remembering and retelling. This year the service will be built around a performance of the Chichester Psalms (music by Leonard Bernstein, performed by the Priory choir) and with lots of input from members of our younger generations.


An exhibition by Diana Zwibach at the Dukes Theatre

Monday 26 January to Sunday 1 February

A personal response to the Hungarian-Nazi raid and murder of 1,327 citizens of Novi Sad between 21-23 January 1942. The attack was part of a systematic programme all over Nazi-occupied Europe and in former Yugoslavia, where the artist's family came from.


Holocaust Memorial Commemoration

27th January 2015

6.30pm at Lancaster Castle

7.15pm at The Storey

27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. To mark this milestone, Lancaster has been awarded one of the ’70 Candles for 70 Years’ which will be lit at this commemorative event. This is part of a nationwide initiative to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and symbolically link commemorations across the UK. The candle has been designed by Sir Anish Kapoor.


Film: Night Will Fall

Wednesday 28 January 6.30pm at the Dukes Theatre £6/£5

A compelling film documenting the story of the footage taken by Allied soldiers at the liberation of the Nazi camps in 1945 is nearing the end of its nationwide release. Night Will Fall is directed by André Singer and narrated by Helena Bonham-Carter.

Find out about the two films here.

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All of the events commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day have been funded by the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme. They have been organised by a partnership that includes: Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community, Faith in Lancaster, More Music, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Priory Church.