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Holocaust play sparks discussion

Published Friday, 10 January 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day in Enfield

Monday 27 January 2014
3.30pm Dugdale Centre / schools event
6.30pm Dugdale Centre / main event with leading councillors and mayor
Thomas Hardy House, London Road

‘Journeys’ is this year’s theme for Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 27 January. This date marks the day when Soviet troops liberated the notorious concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland 69 years.

Enfield Council is hosting two performances by Susan Stein in her acclaimed one woman play ‘Etty’ based on the diaries and letters of Etty (Esther) Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish student living in Amsterdam.

Her particular journey ended in Auschwitz/ Birkenau where she was murdered by Nazis on 30 November 1943. She was just 29.

In the afternoon, 120 young people from St Ann’s, Enfield County and Highlands schools will attend a special performance and in the evening there will be a formal presentation with contributions from councillors and community leaders. At both performances audiences will be invited to take part in a discussion.

Etty’s diary starts on 8 March 1941. She started it to help with her depression. From 1941 - 1943 it describes life in Nazi-occupied Holland and Westerbork Transit Camp where she was interned and later her time at Auschwitz.

Council Leader, Doug Taylor, said, “Holocaust Memorial Day alerts us to the atrocities of genocides – whether they happened over 70 years ago or in more recent times. 

“It is a sharp reminder of the violent extremes that produce such human disasters. And among the chaos brave people have recorded their experiences and told the world the truth.

“I am proud that Enfield marks Holocaust Memorial Day bringing generations together to learn from the past and to ensure that we build stronger communities that can live together in the future.”

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