College to host Holocaust remembrance day

Auschwitz Main Gate. Copyright 2019 Perry Trotter, Holocaust and Antisemitism Foundation, Aotearoa New Zealand.

An exhibition honouring the survivors of the holocaust through images of current day Auschwitz will open at Bethlehem College this weekend.

It is open to the public at the school’s performing arts centre from January 25 to February 5 and is targeted at a young media savvy audience.

Curator Perry Trotter says that although their visit to Auschwitz was very difficult, their strongest impression from their time there is that Europe has not taken full ownership of its role in Jewish suffering.

“Hence, the title ‘Auschwitz. Now.’ It hints at the notion that the antisemitism that drove Hitler’s annihilation of European Jews is still a present reality” Perry says.

Speaking of what motivates them, Perry says “telling the stories of the survivors is our core work.

“The memory of the Holocaust is quickly being lost. Meanwhile antisemitism and extremism is increasing at an alarming rate.”

The launch event will feature special guest speakers, including MP Hon Alfred Ngaro, Dame Lesley Max and Dr David Cumin.

The official launch of the ‘Auschwitz Now is at 7pm on Saturday January 25, at the Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre. Admission is free, but registration is requested. There will be an opportunity to give a koha.

To learn more about the launch, exhibition and 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, click here.

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