Students Staff

03 February 2014

Hundreds take part in Holocaust Memorial Week events

Holocaust Memorial Week saw a whole range of events dedicated to remembering victims of the Holocaust and genocides across the world held at the University.

Schools across Essex and Suffolk took part in the Dora Love Prize evening while students, academics and members of the public took part in talks, theatre, exhibitions and film screenings during the week and a candlelight procession through the Colchester Campus on Holocaust Memorial Day.

For two days a Human Library saw people volunteer to be ‘human books’ and hundreds of people had the chance to talk to them about their experiences on a one-to-one basis to encourage interaction and challenge prejudice. The Lakeside Theatre also hosted a performance by East 15 Acting School students reflecting on the themes of the week.

Professor Rainer Schulze, who established the week in 2007 and continues to oversee the events, said: “The aim of the Dora Love Prize, as well as of all events during Holocaust Memorial Week, is to relate the Holocaust to our present situation, which means asking ourselves what attitudes and prejudices still prevail around us, and within ourselves, that contributed to that which made the Holocaust possible; it is to make us think about our role in society and to raise awareness of all forms of prejudice and discrimination.”

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