Friday, 16 March, 2012
This week sees both World Storytelling Day and World Poetry Day. It is natural for us to want to share our stories with our friends and family, to share in our triumphs, but also help us come to terms with things that have happened to us. Many survivors of genocide tell their stories to help them deal with their experiences, but also as a way of trying to ensure that we can learn from history and stop persecution in its tracks.
There are many different ways to share stories; by telling them to a group of people, by writing them down and letting people read them alone so they have time to reflect. Some survivors have also recorded audio or film testimonies which can be shared with many people around the world.
Poetry is also a good way of telling a story, and on 21 March, it will be World Poetry Day. We have a number of poems on our website, some of which were written at the time of great suffering during the Holocaust, and others reflecting on those who were lost. For Holocaust Memorial Day 2012, we ran a poetry competition for the best original poetry based around the theme of Speak Up, Speak Out, and were pleased with the response. We chose Naomh Hannon’s What if it were me? as the winner, which was read out at the UK Commemorative Event.