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Libraries NI is marking Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of events including a ‘Torn from Home’ exhibition, drama and Storytelling events, Holocaust themed adult poetry and creative writing groups.
The ‘Torn from Home’ exhibition launch will take place at Bangor Carnegie Library on Tuesday 22 January at 10:00am and will remain on display until Saturday 2 February. All are invited to attend the launch and to call into the library to view the exhibition which features stories and artwork contributed by local youth groups, schools and community groups in Ards and North Down.
The exhibition reflects on the consequences of individuals, families and communities being driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when genocide is over.
Author Jane Coyle will perform a dramatic monologue, 'Farm Girl' which interweaves reflections on the Holocaust with the story of the Jewish Refugee Farm at Millisle.
Armstrong Bursary Storyteller, Sharon Dickson will share stories on the themes of war and peace, tales to promote understanding. Events will take place in Killyleagh Library on Wednesday 23 January at 2:00pm and in Shankill Road Library on Monday 28 January at 2:30pm.
Adult Poetry and Creative Writing groups will be reviewing poems and resources provided by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust that represent a variety of experiences from the Holocaust and more recent genocides.
Poems can capture up a range of experiences and emotions in just a few words and can also help us to understand complex issues. Bangor Carnegie Library Adult Poetry Group takes place on Monday 21 January at 6:30pm while Belfast Central Library hosts an Adult Creative Writing Group on Wednesday 23 January at 2:00pm and Antrim Library on Tuesday 5 January at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the discussion.
In addition, various libraries will host a series of readings by the Holywood Writers group to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Monday 21 January
Bangor Carnegie Library
Tuesday 22 January
Wednesday 23 January
Friday 25 January
Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January and it is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people who were killed or whose lives were changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 27 January also marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is “Torn from Home”. For more information, go to www.hmd.org.uk.
Everyone is welcome to all these events – admission is free.