Holocaust Memorial Day events in Camden

Free performances, workshops, talks and exhibitions will mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Camden on Tuesday 27 January.

We have partnered with arts and educational organisations in the borough to deliver a range of events and activities around King’s Cross on this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme of Keep the Memory Alive. The events programme commemorates the 70th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and the 20th anniversary since the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

Author and illustrator Judith Kerr will speak in conversation with writer and critic Nicolette Jones at House of Illustration at 3pm. As well as being a renowned figure in children’s literature for ‘Mog’ and ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’, Judith’s autobiographical novels ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ and ‘The Other Way Round’ have helped to inform generations of younger readers about the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany.

Ruth Barnett, who born in Berlin and came to Britain as a child refugee in 1939, is now an author and campaigns to highlight the plight of the Roma community across Europe. She will speak about her experiences at Pancras Square Library at 12.15pm.

Other events include workshops, exhibitions, performances and poetry readings at Pancras Square Library and The Crossing, Granary Square.


Clare Twomey at The Wiener Library

From Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 January, ceramicist Clare Twomey, one of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s Memory Maker artists, will also be at The Wiener Library as part of the first stage of a project inspired by her meeting with Nisad ‘Šiško’ Jakupović, who survived the notorious Omarska concentration camp during the Bosnian War. From 10am to 2pm, Clare will be writing invitations asking people to say what they value as human qualities that allow society to flourish, which will then be handed out on Westminster Bridge on Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Mayor of Camden, Cllr Pietragnoli said: “This is an occasion to remember all those who died or had their lives changed in a concentration camp or as a result of genocides in Bosnia, Armenia, Rwanda and Darfur. It is also an opportunity to recognise publicly that genocides are a steady process, beginning when discrimination, racism and hatred are not challenged and presented.”

For a full programme of activities taking place as part of Holocaust Memorial Day in Camden, visit Love Camden.