Holocaust Memorial Day 2020


SIS has a specific commitment to supporting Holocaust Memorial Day in our Equal Opportunity & Diversity Policy

This year is the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 25th Anniversary of the Bosnian Genocide.

Last year, as Convener of Brighton & Hove Stand Up To Racism (BHSUTR), I was proud to Chair a very engaging and well attended HMD event with speakers from a local Synagogue and Refugee organisations.

This year 50 people came to #StandTogether to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020.  SIS colleagues and a Trustee were among participants.

We started our meeting with a moving film of Unite members on an educational visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau – please see a link below

Our 2 principal speakers Jason Porter and Gaby Weiner were interviewed by Latest TV prior to our public meeting – please see a link below.

Gaby – author of Tales of Loving and Leaving – spoke movingly about her grandmother who was murdered in the Treblinka death camp.

Jason Porter (University of Brighton), spoke chillingly on ‘Hidden from History: The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals’.

Many people were struck by the comparisons between Berlin in the 1920s and 30s and Brighton and Hove!

Both speakers gave a wider picture of what life was like for Jewish and LGBT people before, during and after 1939-1945.

We remember and organise together to make sure such atrocities never happen again!

Arran Evans – SIS Director