Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 27th January

20 January 2020 Posted by

Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which have followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the theme for HMD 2020 reflects on how people have stood together in order to stop division and the spread of hatred in our society.

With this key anniversary in mind we the Diverse Communities Team (DCT) from Devon and Cornwall Police have been working with the Canon at Truro cathedral (Canon Alan Bashforth) and other key members of the HMD 2020 planning team and we have now secured the attendance of art work by Albert REUSS (1889-1975) via the kind involvement of Newlyn Art gallery which hold this work.

Albert REUSS was a Jewish painter and sculpture born in Vienna who came to England in 1938 following Hitler’s annexation of Austria. REUSS lost many members of his family as well as his possessions and the reputation he had built up as an artist. He continued to work in England but his style changed dramatically reflecting the trauma he had suffered. The works of REUSS are expected to attract art lovers and those interested in his story and will be an integral part of the HMD 2020 display and event.

In addition to the works of REUSS the DCT will have display in place detailing some of the history of the Holocaust and real life stories from survivors of subsequent genocides. REUSS work and the DCT display will be in place from 20th January until 3rd February.

On HMD itself (27th January 2020) support groups and agencies have been invited to take part in order to represent their communities and to educate visitors on how their communities were effected during the holocaust and other genocides and how hostility and prejudice still exists today and the need for us all to “stand together” against hate.

The plan for the event at Truro Cathedral  for HMD on Monday 27th January 2020 is as follows:

  • 13:00 hours: The candle lighting ceremony in remembrance. On completion visitors can continue to view the stands and the artwork and this will be an engagement opportunity for stall holders.
  • 17:30 hours Evensong service.
  • 18:15 hours view art work.
  • 19:30 hours a discussion about Albert REUSS life story by experts in this field.

Please come along and help us remember those effected and show that we all “stand together” against hate.

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