Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration

English & Media

On Thursday 26 January Creative Writing students from Itchen College showcased their work as part of Southampton’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, which took place at Solent University’s new Spark Centre.

Chloe Blatch and Abigail Beavis read reflective, insightful pieces they had written in response to Holocaust survivor Walter Kammerling’s testimony, which he gave at Itchen late last year. Creative Writing teacher Simon Jones read a further poetry piece, written by Matthew Downer. The event, which attracted a sizeable audience including local dignitaries and academics, was introduced with a speech by the Mayor of Southampton, who addressed the need to remember and learn from the past in times of political and social upheaval and unrest.

Alongside Itchen's creative writers’ contributions, the event also included a screening of the short film 84303 – The Zigi Shipper Story, reflections on visiting Auschwitz from local students, and a performance of the groundbreaking 1943 BBC radio drama No Luggage, No Return.

Councillor Satvir Kaur gave a speech detailing Southampton’s ongoing Campaign against Hate Crime initiative, foregrounding the need for tolerance and mutual respect in our diverse community and encouraging people to stand against and report instances of discrimination.

The English department’s participation in Holocaust Memorial Day is part of our ongoing relationship with the Parkes Institute for Jewish and Non-Jewish Relations, based at Southampton University; we look forward to taking part in next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day event and to more engaging and thoughtful contributions from our talented writers.