BE THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is: Be the light in the darkness. We are encouraged to reflect on the atrocious crimes against humanity, but at the same time reflect upon how we can all provide hope, despite the persecution, division and denial rampant in society. This is done by choosing to be that light, through providing knowledge, acts of resistance and standing in solidarity with others.
Professor Penny Green is the Founder and Director of International State Crime Initiative and Professor of Law and Globalisation at Queen Mary University at Queen Mary London University of London. Professor Green's team's research has raised awareness and helped reframe the global understanding of the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim's in Myanmar's Rakhine State. She joins our Social Justice and Community Outreach Worker Daisy-Ann Afrifa in exploring more of her work as well as the process of genocide.
Film is considered to be an important part of our cultural society. It is an art form which helps us to experience stories, evoke emotions and aids us in understanding ideas. Dr Emiliano Perra, a senior lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Winchester further explains why the use of film that deal with the topic of genocide provides hope. This is done through keeping the memory of those persecuted alive, thus counteracting one of the very main aims of genocide which is an erasure of a particular minority group. Therefore, film can be seen as a form of resistance.
Some of Dr. Perra's recommendations include: Hotel Rwanda, Life is Beautiful, Schindler's List and many more.
Art is an important form of expression. Felix Nussbaum was a German- Jewish surrealist painter whose work shed light on what it means to be a victim of the Holocaust. Artist Jo McCormick shares more....