Holocaust Memorial Day - commemorative events

A series of events are taking place across York to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.  'The Power of Words' is the theme for 2018's commemorations with a focus on exploring how language has been used in the past and how it is used in the present day.  

Wednesday 24 January will see a screening of the 1956 film Night and Fog, which documents the abandoned grounds of concentration camps, followed by a discussion on representations of the Holocaust culturally.  The screening starts at 1.30pm at York St John.  More information here 

Also on Wednesday 24 January, York Minister's Chapter House will be the setting for the lighting of 600 candles.  The event will start with a dedicated Evensong service followed by a procession to the  Chapter House where the candles, set out to form the Star of David will be lit.  The commemoration will feature music, prayer, testimony and quiet reflection.  Evensong: 5.15pm, Chapter House service: 6pm.  Entry via the South Doors.  More information here         

The City Council's annual civic event on Sunday 28 January has been inspired by the power of words theme.  It will focus on exploring how language and words have influenced events in the past and present and the continued impact they hold.  Starting from 6pm at York Explore, the event will feature speakers, readings and the unveiling of the city's project capturing the power of words and collecting the voices of York residents.  Details here