Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 at the University of Northampton
The following Statement of Commitment is adopted by The University of Northampton:
We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation and its unprecedented character and horror continues to hold universal meaning. We will strive to ensure that future generations are made aware of the Holocaust and other more recent genocides e.g. in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda – and reflect upon their consequences.
We vow to remember the victims of all genocides and will also do all in our power to prevent future genocides from occurring. We are proud of our diverse, multicultural, multi-racial and multi-faith community. We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide/injustice/discrimination. We will do our utmost to ensure that the lessons learnt from these events are fully understood and disseminated.
We value the sacrifices of those who risked their lives to protect or rescue victims of the Holocaust and other genocides as a permanent reminder of the human capacity for good in the face of evil. We recognise that humanity is still scarred by the misconception that some people’s lives are worth less than others because of their disability, race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality.
Racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, homophobia and discrimination still persist, and we have a shared responsibility to fight these evils. We value the right of all to live in a free, tolerant, just and democratic society. We believe that the Holocaust and all other genocides must have a permanent place in our collective memory and we honour the survivors still with us.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 programme contributions available as podcasts:
Opening statement by Stuart O’Mahoney (University of Northampton History Society)
Welcome by Chris Moore (Dean of Social Sciences, University of Northampton)
Introduction by the Rt. Hon. Michael Ellis MP
Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway): Why we need to think about Holocaust perpetrators
Chris Wood, Stu Page and Stuart O’Mahoney: How has Auschwitz become the symbol of the Holocaust?