Coming very soon after the WWI centenary, is another very sombre anniversary: 70 years ago this month saw the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Allies. To mark the occasion, the IWM North is holding two weeks of memorial commemorations, centred on Holocaust Memorial Day. Events and displays are on the theme of ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’, and will include artworks by death camp survivor Edith Birkin, and stories by Ruth Wasserman, who was evacuated from Germany before the war broke out. Visitors can learn about Leslie Hardman, a Jewish chaplain in the British Army who entered Belsen only two days after its liberation. On the last Sunday of the month, the acclaimed music ensemble The Burning Bush, led by Radio 3’s Lucy Skeaping, will be performing traditional music and songs from Jewish cultures. Regular guided tours of the exhibition will be taking place; please see the website below for more information.
Mon 19 Jan – Sat 31 Jan, IWM North, Quay West, Trafford Wharf Rd., Manchester M17 1TZ, 10am – 5pm, Free entry, www.iwm.org.uk
- A. James Simpkin
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- Tue 27 Jan 2015