Derby to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

QUAD in Derby will be hosting events as part of national Holocaust Memorial Day this month.

An evening of words, music and dance takes place in QUAD on January 27  from 7:30pm. The programme of poignant, moving and inspiring performances; including spoken word, poetry, traditional songs, music and dance, is presented by Derby’s Jewish, Ukrainian, Gypsy, Armenian and Bosnian groups and local schools, representing some of Derby’s diverse communities.

The event’s keynote speakers will be Derek Niemann, the grandson of an SS Officer, and Noemie Lopian, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. This year’s HMD theme is Stand Together, exploring how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression. QUAD’s Holocaust Memorial Day Event is free but tickets are limited so you need to book in advance through QUAD Box Office.

QUAD will be screening two films on Wednesday January 29: Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport (PG) at 9:30am, and Anne Frank: Parallel Stories at 6:45pm.

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport. Narrated by Dame Judi Dench, this incredibly moving Oscar winning documentary tells of the extraordinary rescue operation that brought ten thousand children from German-held lands to Great Britain in the months prior to World War II.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A by Barbara Dresner, the daughter of a Kindertransportee. Admission is free but limited; please book in advance through QUAD Box Office.

Anne Frank: Parallel Stories is narrated by Helen Mirren and tells the story of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her world-famous diary, a story that has made the tragedy of the Holocaust known to readers all over the world. This emotive telling is entwined with the stories of five Holocaust survivors (Arianna Szorenyi, Sarah Lichsztejn-Montard, Helga Wiess and sisters Andra and Tatiana Bucci) who shared Anne’s same fate of deportation, suffering and were denied their childhood and adolescence, but were fortunately able to go on and live the life that Anne was denied.

An evocative documentary which brings Anne’s tragic, yet incredible, story to life and explores why this story has become such an historic journal that holds such great relevance today. Tickets are £17 or £15 concessions, bookable through QUAD Box Office.

The Derby Holocaust Memorial Day Group area also staging several other events which are all open to the public and free with the exception of ‘Yiddish Revolutionaries’ on February 8.


January 26, 6:30pm: ‘Speaking Across the Divide’ featuring guest speakers Derek Niemann, grandson of an SS Officer, and Noemie Lopian, daughter of two Holocaust survivors. Ukrainian Centre, Charnwood Street, Derby.

January 27, 3pm: A Service of Reflection and Act of Commemoration From The Bridge Chapel followed by an Act of Commemoration on Cathedral Green. The observance moves to the trees dedicated to Anne Frank and Olga Nahlak, located on Cathedral Green. dignitaries, including the Mayor of Derby will place small stones at the foot of each tree. All who wish to do so may take part and stones will be provided at the trees. In Judaism, stone-setting is a custom, to let the deceased soul know that their grave has been visited and that they are still in the minds of those who remain.

January 27, 4pm: Reception in Commemoration of the Bosnian war and Srebrenica massacre, with presentations by refugees. The Bosnian community invites everyone to enjoy complementary traditional Bosnian refreshments in the Centre after the commemoration. Bosnia-Hercegovina Centre, Curzon Street Derby.

January 27, 6pm-7pm: A Service of Commemoration, Remembrance and Hope, with readings from the Bible and Qu’ran, the Jewish Kaddish (traditional Hebrew prayer for the dead), roll call of genocides and music from the Cathedral Choir. Includes involvement by local schools. Derby Cathedral, Irongate, Derby.

January 29, 7pm: ‘From Memory to Hope’ Film screening of A Book In Six Chapters, plus Jewish music & song and Hoverla Ukrainian music and dance, the Multi-faith Centre, Kedleston Road, Derby.

January 30, 7pm: ‘Standing Together Against Fascism Today’ A meeting hosted by Derby Stand up to Racism, discussing how to combat the threat of fascism in Britain and Europe. West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby.

February 8, 6.45pm: ‘Yiddish Revolutionaries’ performed by Yoyvl (Phil Tomlinson, Adrian Dobson, Hannah Monteiro, Sue Cooper and Judy Sherwood), the songs take us from poverty to hope and resistance, telling us a story of the growth of the Jewish Left, supported by Klezmer music, readings and slides. Friends Meeting House,56 St Helen’s Street Derby. Tickets £6, available from Eventbrite.

For further information on the whole programme, please visit

For more information on or to book on events in QUAD please go to or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.