In the week leading up to Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January 2018 there will be a “Never Again” educational exhibition with guest speakers in Oxford Town Hall to remember the devastation of the Holocaust and remind us why we need to counter racism and intolerance today. The exhibition will comprise of a series of displays of text, pictures and talks that will take up the following themes:
- The extermination of 6 million Jews and 7 million other people deemed “undesirable” by the Nazi regime.
- The victim groups and the ways they were scapegoated and marginalised including legal forms of exclusion
- The driving forces behind the holocaust
- The development of mass extermination and death camps
- Fascism today and their modern targets.
- Similarities with today and the 1930's
Never Again Exhibition Timetable
Saturday 20th January - open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
11 a.m. Opening ceremony with Lord Mayor of Oxford.
21st January Sunday - closed
22nd January Monday - open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5.15 p.m. Matthew Callow, Chair UNITE Health “ LGBT Oppression and the Holocaust”
23rd January Tuesday - open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5.15 p.m. Debbie Hollingsworth, Oxford Women’s Network “Women Under Fascism”
24th January Wednesday - open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5.15 p.m. “Roma and the Holocaust” - speaker from Roma Support Group invited
25th January Thursday - open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
12.15 p.m. “Oppression of Disabled People Under Fascism”
5.15 p.m. “Resistance Against Fascism -Then & Now”
26th January Friday - open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5.15 p.m. Pôl O’ceallaigh President Oxford & District Trades Council “Trade Unions & Fascism”
27th January Saturday - Holocaust Memorial Day - open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1 p.m. Alison Ryde President of Oxford Jewish Congregation
Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1945 when Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They found thousands of emaciated survivors, and the smouldering remains of the gas chambers and crematoria – the Nazi attempt to destroy evidence of their crimes against humanity.
The Holocaust fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization and serves as a warning of the horror that fascism can unleash. The magnitude of the Holocaust, planned and carried out by the Nazis, must be forever seared in our collective memory. The Nazis "Final Solution" saw the extermination of 6 million Jews in an attempt to ethnically cleanse Europe of all Jews. The terrible suffering of the many millions of other victims of the Nazis has left an indelible scar across Europe as well.
Selfless sacrifices of those who defied the Nazis, and sometimes gave their own lives to protect or rescue the Holocaust's victims, must also be inscribed in our hearts. Today the heirs of the Nazis are still seeking power. Anti-Semitism remains with us and today's nazis seek to stir up racist violence against new targets — Muslims, migrants and refugees.
The scapegoating of these groups has helped the far right to organise. US President Trump’s targeting of Mexicans and Muslims was welcomed by the Alt-right movement, culminating in the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, when she was protesting against a far right march where swastikas and Nazi salutes were openly displayed.
In Europe the far right is organising anti-Muslim hatred to unify their movement, and we now have fascist politicians elected to the German and Austrian parliament for the first time since WWII. This rise of the right and accompanying racist attacks, including racist murders, must not go
unchallenged. We must never forget that the logical conclusion of unchecked racism in the 1930’s was the death camps and we must unite to say "Never Again".
This event is organised by Oxford Stand Up To Racism as part of a national campaign to challenge all forms of racism and to help build the Europe-wide anti-racist protests on UN anti-racism day on March 17. We urge everyone opposed to racism and fascism to join the national march. Seats on the Oxford transport can be booked online here
The Holocaust Memorial Day ‘Never Again’ exhibition is supported by: Oxfordshire UNISON Health Branch, Oxford City UNISON, Oxford Unite Health, CWU South Central Postal, Ruskin College UCU, Oxford and District Trades Council, Oxford Jewish Congregation, Oxford Love Music Hate Racism, Oxford Unite Against Fascism
“This is a truly outstanding exhibition: well organised, highly informative, thought-provoking, and a warning against current trends in British politics. I hope this exhibition will be shown in as many schools as possible.”
Avi Shlaim Emeritus Professor at Oxford
“Fantastic exhibition-really moving. Everyone should see it.”
Susannah Pressel Labour City and County Councillor
“Very powerful –the comparison between what happened in the 1930’s and anti fascist actions since, and the rise of fascism now – a clear reminder that fascism doesn’t disappear by itself, we must all stand up against it.”
Oxford City Green Councillor Ruthi Brandt