Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 was marked in Lewes by events held at the Depot Cinema and Lewes Library.
The Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Mike Chartier, hosted a launch event at Lewes Town Hall on Friday 26 January, and this was followed by a film event opened by Cllr Chartier at the Depot Cinema on Saturday 27 January, at which the films ‘Home Movie’ and ‘Destination Unknown’ were shown. The event also featured a presentation by Tony Dowmunt, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, a Q&A session with Caroline Pick (Home Movie) and a poem by Adrienne Thomas. Cllr Stephen Gauntlett provided the closing remarks.
On the Sunday, the film ‘Cabaret’, staring Liza Minelli, was shown, followed by the event ‘The Power of Words’ which featured Brecht songs and readings from the Holocaust and other genocides, with Klezmer music by ‘Matzos’.
The exhibition ‘Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ will be on display in the Studio Depot Cinema until Friday 2 February - three portraits by Lewes-based artist Maggie Lambert, plus the chance to see photos from the 2017 exhibition of refugees, ‘How Can Life Go On?’ by Jenny Matthews.
Until Friday 9 February, Holocaust experiences of family members of the Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day Group will be on display in Lewes Library.
The events were successful and very well-attended, and excellent feedback was provided to the organisers. Collections at the events raised £422.50 for three local refugee charities.