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The annual Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Commemoration will take place at City Hall on Friday 25 January, from 2pm – 5pm. As in previous years, the event is organised by a multi-faith team of volunteers led by Marian Liebmann.
The theme ‘Torn from Home’ has been chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for this year’s event.We will remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of others killed under Nazi persecution and the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. In every case, millions of homes were lost, as well as lives, and reflection upon this fact helps us to comprehend both differences and commonalities among genocide victims and between these victims and ourselves.
The leading speaker will be Iby Knill, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor. Iby was sent from her home in Slovakia to Hungary where she joined the Resistance Movement. After her arrest she was imprisoned and tortured before being sent to Auschwitz Birkenau and a slave labour camp at Lippstadt. In 1945 she worked with the Allied Military Government where she met her husband, a British Army officer. In recent years Iby has spoken to thousands of people and written two books about her experiences.
During the group discussion which will follow, participants will be invited to consider what it is like to flee your home at short notice and to think about the items you would need or want in your suitcase. After a tea break and an opportunity to visit the stalls of relevant Bristol projects (including refugee projects), there will be an opportunity to hear from local sixth-formers who have recently visited Auschwitz. Other speakers will include Cllr Asher Craig and HM Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding and a closing ceremony will be led by Father Richard Mackay.
Quaker volunteers are needed ‘on the day’ to convene small group discussions. Full instructions will be provided. Please email Marian Liebmann asap if you have experience of leading discussions and are able to offer this service: email@example.com.
Dr Martin Hodson will be talking about sustainable agriculture issues in relation to population increases and the effects of climate change. This is part of a series of lectures looking at the Biblical mandate for caring for our world and the science that lies behind the challenges we face. The intention is that the lectures should not only inform us of the objective facts and controversies but also look at how God’s people can respond, both as individuals and corporately, and in a manner that balances the needs of individuals with the need to safeguard the future of our planet. For more information contact Dr Christina Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk by Professor Colin Davies, Friday 8th February, 7.30pm at Redland Meeting House, Hampton Road – Free event – All welcome
There is a need for fundamental changes to the way societies and lifestyles are shaped if we are to provide for a just and sustainable future. The focus will be on positive empowerment and what we can do together.
This free event takes place from 10am to 12pm at St Peters Henleaze, The Drive, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4LD, where modern slavery in Bristol will be discussed and people will think about how churches can help‘slavery proof’ themselves and also work with their communities to tackle the issue. Hidden Voices is an ecumenical resource which aims to inform and support local communities in taking action on the challenging issue of Modern Slavery within their own communities. Evidence suggests that around a half to two thirds of homeless people have been or will be involved in modern slavery. The police have made it clear that they cannot prosecute their way out of this problem and need community support. For more information email email@example.com and to book a place see:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hidden-voices-church-action-on-modern-slavery-exploitation-inbristol- tickets-53222134838