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Holocaust Memorial Day At Imperial War Museum

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Imperial War Museum London will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in the following ways:

Holocaust Memorial Day lecture: The 'crime without a name': Britain and the Holocaust

25 January 2007, 7.00pm: Lecture by Martin Smith showing how news of massacres and death camps in Nazi-occupied Poland reached London in 1942 and how the British Government reacted.

Martin Smith is a television documentary filmmaker who was closely involved in the creation of both the Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Followed by music by the Solaris Quartet.
Tickets: £7.00, concessions and FIWM £6.00

Roman Halter Lecture

28 January 2007, 11.15am: Roman Halter, one of the Holocaust survivors whose testimony features in the Holocaust Exhibition talks about his experiences, marking the publication of his book Roman's Journey.

28 January 2007, 1.30pm; 4 February at 2.00pm: A screening of Rex Bloomstein's provocative documentary which was filmed in and around a former concentration camp located a couple of kilometres from the Austrian town of Mauthausen. KZ asks important and unsettling questions about the role of the memory of the Holocaust within contemporary western society. The screening on the 28th will be introduced by Rex Bloomstein and followed by a panel discussion.

Exhibitions

Holocaust Exhibition

This highly-acclaimed exhibition uses film, photographs, and a large number of rare artefacts - many brought from Germany and Eastern Europe - to document the history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during the Second World War.

The Exhibition is regularly replenished with newly-found material. Recent additions include the shoes worn by a Rumanian-born Auschwitz survivor on a death march; a bracelet and tie-pin sent to Britain for safekeeping by a Jewish businessman from Bratislava, who later perished in the camps; memorabilia relating to the collaborationist Vichy regime in France; a personal story relating to deportation and death of the parents of Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who herself managed to survive Auschwitz-Birkenau and went on to become a world-famous cellist; and a section on the White Rose resistance movement in Germany (featured recently in the feature film Sophie Scholl). Admission free.

Crimes Against Humanity

A specially-commissioned 30-minute film is the central element of this exhibition which examines the theme of genocide and ethnic conflict - looking at some of the common features shared by the horrendous bloodshed in Armenia, Nazi-occupied Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Bosnia, Rwanda and elsewhere. Admission free. -- www.iwm.org.uk

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