Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition

Activity information

Activity type: Public activity

Organisation name: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Website: https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/news/new-exhibition-in-limavady-marks-holocaust-memorial-day-2022

Address:
Ritter Gallery, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre Limavady
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
24 Main Street Limavady
BT49 0FJ
United Kingdom

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is remembering Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 with a special exhibition providing a detailed timeline account of the Nazi movement over the period from 1933-1945. The exhibition is a joint initiative between Council's Good Relations and Museums Service and can be viewed from the 20th – 29th January 2022 in the Ritter Gallery in Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady.

Encouraging people to view the exhibition, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Cllr Richard Holmes said: “The theme this year for Holocaust Memorial Day is One Day. This highlights the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide. We need to ensure that we learn more about the past, that we empathise with others today, and we take action for a better future. This exhibition is an important part in enabling us to do that. One Day is a starting point, a way for us to learn more about what happened during the Holocaust and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
“I would encourage all our residents to take the time to visit the Ritter Gallery in Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre to view the exhibition and allow it to influence how we choose to act towards others going forward.”
The exhibition is an opportunity for people to reflect on a close local connection to the horrific events described. In late 1939, around 200 volunteers from Coleraine and Mid Ulster were enlisted into the Coleraine Battery. These soldiers served in Egypt, France, Belgium, Italy, and other areas, before making a final advance into Germany in 1945. The Battery were given security duties at the Belsen and Sandbostel concentration camps which housed Jews, Russian POWs and other victims of Nazi persecution, and witnessed first-hand the devastation and horror of the Holocaust.

In addition to the Holocaust exhibition, you can also view a virtual tour of the Cambodia Peace Museum which covers the long road Cambodia has taken from war towards peace, covering different topics such as refugee camps, resilience, peace walks, de-mining campaign, weapons reduction, reconciliation, and international Peacekeeping operations. Emma Leslie from the Cambodia Peace Museum said "Cambodia not only experienced genocide, but carpet bombing and civil war as a result of geopolitical proxy wars. We must all be reminded that not only should these events never be repeated but equally we must celebrate and strengthen all those who work for peace everywhere. It is through the champions of peace; that war can surely be averted”. If you are unable to visit the exhibition but would still like to access the virtual tour, please contact Bebhinn McKinley

Shirley Lennon Northern Ireland Support Worker for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust commented, ‘We are delighted to see Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council continuing to support the marking of Holocaust Memorial Day with these effective activities. It gives local people an opportunity to learn more and work to combat prejudice in any form.’

This project has received financial support from The Northern Ireland Executive Office, through the Together Building a United Community Strategy, District Council’s Good Relations Programme.

Organiser Name

Bebhinn McKinley

Other organisation(s) involved

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre

Organiser Email

[email protected]