On Tuesday 20th, Belfast celebrated Roma Remembrance at Belfast City Hall, with a candle lighting ceremony with focus on Roma loss as a result of the Holocaust. With five days to Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have announced that their artistic commission, Moving Portraits are being brought to the public in a series of large-scale projections and on big screens across the UK, including Northern Ireland. These projections will contribute to the UK commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Moving Portraits features six portraits of survivors of genocide who now live in the UK, such as the above photo with child survivor of the Holocaust, Joan Salter. The portraits show the survivors in their homes, holding a photograph or object that helps them to share their story. Joan holds a photograph of her as a young child travelling to safety in America.The images feature an element of movement within a still photograph and were created by artist Will Head.
Moving Portraits will be projected onto The Big Screen at Belfast City Hall.
Various other events will be taking place across Northern Ireland to mark Holocaust Memorial Day including, The Ethics of Memory and Community Recovery at Harbour Office, Belfast, organised by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building. A selected reading of The History Boys, organised by Hazelwood Integrated College and a Gallery Pop Up Photo Booth at Red Barn Gallery on the 26th Jan organised by the Institute for Conflict Research and Jews Schmooze.
Further events include “Reflect, Respect and Remember”, at Belfast Synagogue, organised by the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE). This event will be lead by pupils from Hazelwood Integrated College and NittyGritty/ Integrated Schools Theatre Company and will use drama and music and readings and reflections to commemorate the 70th anniversary.
The Linen Hall Library will be showing an inspiring 30-minute award-winning documentary which examines the life of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and how she survived the Holocaust as a teenager and came to tell her life story in a series of fabric collage and embroidered panels, Through the Eye of the Needle screening.
In East Belfast there will be a Keep the Memory Alive talk at Holywood Arches Library, with a Questions and Answers session.
The Rainbow Project will be screening the Bent film followed by a discussion hosted by John O’Doherty.
Du Dance is also holding a dance workshop with reference to Holocaust survivor Helen Lewis, pioneer of modern dance in Northern Ireland.
For more information about any of these events or other events in Northern Ireland visit the Holocaust Remembrance Day website.