Itchen Journalists Speak at City Holocaust Memorial Event

English & Media

Itchen journalism students Jon Lacey and Georgia Keetch spoke at Southampton’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day event, which took place at Solent University on Thursday 25 January.

Jon and Georgia were invited to speak at the event by the Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish and Non-Jewish Relations, based at Southampton University, after interviewing Holocaust survivor Walter Kammerling on Itchen Radio last month.

The theme of this year’s HMD is ‘The Power of Words’. Jon and Georgia gave a moving and thoughtful speech to an audience of over 100 people - including university officials, the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, and Dr. Emmanuel Ngwa, formerly of the Language Services Section of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - which addressed this theme, reflecting on their own responses to the words of Walter Kammerling and the lessons of hope and remembrance they learned from him. They spoke of the profoundly moving and lasting effect the interview had on them, and how they have implemented Walter’s advice and assimilated aspects of his worldview into their own lives as modern teenagers.

Georgia and Jon’s speech continues a long-standing tradition of collaboration between Itchen College, our city universities and the Parkes Institute, in order to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. It is imperative that we do not allow ourselves to forget this terrible period of history, and work together to ensure that the memories of its victims – and those of subsequent genocides such as Armenia and Rwanda – are kept alive.

Video of Jon and Georgia’s speech is forthcoming.