Many of us have inherited/discovered caches of letters and documents, often in illegible handwriting and unknown languages, and sepia photographs of unknown people/relatives. What can we do with these precious legacies of the Holocaust? A chance to share your own experiences, tips and suggestions for how to look after fragile old documents and other traces of the past that have survived and are now our responsibility, and the many ways these personal archives can be used. A discussion group meeting for Members of the Second and Third Generations. Start time 6.15 for 6.30pm BST to give everyone time to set up and check their Zoom connection. Numbers are limited and Network members will be given priority. If you would like to attend this meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A Zoom link will be provided.
We will be discussing this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme. A chance for members of the Second and Third Generations to share their own thoughts and experiences. Start time 6.15pm for 6.30pm to give people time to set up and check their Zoom connection. Numbers are limited and Network members will be given priority. A Zoom link will be provided. To receive your Zoom invitation, please check the Second Generation Network emails nearer the time.
Caroline Slifkin will speak to the Network about her commemorative art project and the creative works submitted by members of the Second and Third Generations. Caroline Slifkin is an artist and a Holocaust educator who specialises in teaching about the Holocaust through Holocaust Art. A Fellow of the Imperial War Museum London in Holocaust Education, with a project in Holocaust Arts Education, ‘Art in the Shadow of Death’; a Fellow of Royal Holloway University of London in Holocaust and Jewish Civilisation; a Yad Vashem graduate; and a Freelance educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Keepsakes of the Kindertransport/Holocaust creative art book project
In lockdown we have had to find more creative ways to work together and learn. This project is a way to use the time to reflect, revisit and share stories and experiences with each other. Creating individual pieces, that will be joined with others in a collaborative art book, is a way of staying connected, feeling part of the community, connecting locally, nationally and internationally with one another. The project is open to members of the Second and Third Generations (Kinder, Holocaust survivors and refugees) around the world. The deadline is the end of December 2020.
How to get involved:
Create your own reflective piece/s and email it/them to Caroline: email email@example.com
Size: Maximum for each piece – A4 – 210 × 297 mm or 8.3 × 11.7 inches.
Materials: any drawing, painting, written words, quotes, mixed media, collage, and copies of photographs and documents. Anything two-dimensional, as all pieces will be collated to make a handmade art book.
Celebrating Émigré Contributions to British Culture
Until March 2020
Insiders/Outsiders is a year-long nationwide arts festival celebrating the indelible contribution of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe to British culture. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, the festival includes exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, walks, lectures and literary events.
A substantial companion volume to the festival is published by Lund Humphries.
“This is an important and timely initiative, one that should help us to better understand the realities of life as a refugee – then and now – and the remarkable contributions to be made by Britain’s more recent arrivals.”
Philippe Sands QC
“The extraordinary generation of artists, writers and designers who found sanctuary in Britain from the Nazi regime brought ideas and skills and talent. But they also brought a breadth of possibilities: their practices crossed borders. There could not be a better time to celebrate them and to recognise what wealth we gain from those we welcome here.” Edmund de Waal OBE
Exiled Lit Café: Opening Lands
Poetry Café, London, 7 October, 7pm
An evening of poetry, prose, discussion and creative partnerships. A chance to hear excerpts from three upcoming books with Ziba Karbassi reading from Lemon Sun, Marta Dziurosz reading from Renia’s Diary and Stephen Duncan reading from Beata Duncan’s Breaking Glass.
Further to the recent launch of the Towards an Open Land project, a series of workshops in London and the road that invite writers from Muslim and Jewish backgrounds to explore identity and creativity in an era of increasing Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism, this event will also be a chance to hear the results of the first round of collaborations with Shamim Azad, Jennifer Langer, Hasan Khaya, Anba Jawi, Justin Hoffman and Mark Collins.
Living with the Wire: Guided Walks
Manx Museum, Isle of Man 11 October 2019, 10.30am and 2pm
As part of the Isle of Man’s annual Heritage Open Day weekends, join Manx National Heritage Curator Yvonne Cresswell on a series of walking tours exploring the major role that the Isle of Man played in the civilian internment of so-called ‘Enemy Aliens’ during the Second World War. The guided walks will provide an opportunity to discover where the various internment camps were created out of the Island’s tourist accommodation of hotels and boarding houses along Douglas promenade and around Onchan.
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil
London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre, London
21 October 2019, 7.30pm
A partly staged reading inspired by international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands’ award-winning bestseller about the Nuremberg trials.
The Escape Act – A Holocaust Memoir
Circusmash, Birmingham: 26 and 27 October, 8pm
The Lowry, Manchester: 29 October, 8pm
The Escape Act – A Holocaust Memoir is a one-woman theatre show incorporating circus and puppetry. It is based on the real life story of Irene Danner, a Jewish acrobat who survived the Holocaust hiding from the Nazis in a German circus. The show goes back and forth between past and present, between character and performer, and combines the historical events of Irene’s life with the experiences of the performer as a grandchild of Holocaust survivors.