Holocaust survivor to give talk at University of Northampton

A Holocaust survivor will give a talk at the University Of Northampton on Thursday to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Dr Martin Stern will be among the those taking part in an afternoon of public events held to mark the day.

Paul Jackson, senior lecturer in modern history at the University of Northampton said: “This year we have a diverse line-up of events including talks from a Holocaust survivor, Dr Martin Stern, and leading historian of genocide Professor Aristotle Kallis.

“This is a free event and we hope that people from Northampton can come along and mark this important day with us.”

HMD started in 2001 to remember those affected by the crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust, as well as in subsequent atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Darfur and others across the world.

The theme for HMD 2013 is Communities Together: Build a Bridge.

The event will start at 12.30pm with an opening address from Northampton’s mayor, Councillor Roger Conroy, before readings by the Anne Frank/Stephen Lawrence tree led by the university’s multi-faith chaplaincy.

Between 1pm and 2.30pm in Cottesbrooke 126, Park Campus, Doug Rae, deputy dean of school of social sciences, will introduce professor Aristotle’s key-note lecture entitled The Nazis and Genocide. This will be followed by Dr Stern.

At 3pm students will reflect on the Holocaust and genocide in Cottesbrooke 126.