A SERIES of events are being held in honour of the millions of people killed by genocide during Holocaust Memorial Week.

While looking into the past, Essex University will explore what can be done about the discrimination which exists today.

Emeritus professor of history, Rainer Schulze, initiated the annual week in 2007.

This year he will lead a discussion on whether Britain should be welcoming child migrants escaping modern-day atrocities in Lessons from the Kindertransport next week Thursday.

The Kindertransport brought thousands of children to Harwich from Nazi occupied Europe.

Many stayied in the town before going to foster families in the UK.  

Professor Schulze said: “This is also the seventh time we’re awarding the Dora Love Prize.

“The quality of the submissions gets higher every year, and for many schools participation in this prize has become embedded in their school calendar.

“We’re honoured and delighted that once again we will be joined by Holocaust survivor Frank Bright, who turned 90 last October.”

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

Frank Bright and Professor Rainer Schulze

The Dora Love Prize was established by Professor Schulze in 2013.

Dora Love was a Holocaust survivor who lived in Colchester until her death seven years ago.

Much of her life was spent raising awareness about the dangers of intolerance and discrimination.

Her legacy lives on in the prize awarded each year to the best school project which links learning about the Holocaust with today’s society.

It will be presented next Wednesday.

Holocaust Memorial Week starts this Friday until February 1.

Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein, whose father Hans escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport in 1939, will read extracts from his new book, due to be published this summer.

The Berlin Shadow explores the impact his father’s experiences had on both their lives.

Join Words with Jonathan Lichtenstein on Tuesday.

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A procession of light during the 2016 event

A spokesman for Essex University said: “Pupils from Millfields Primary School in Wivenhoe have beenworking with actor, Ben Livingstone, and the Lakeside Theatre’s artistic director, Barbara Peirson, over the past few weeks to learn about the Kindertransport through improvisation, tableaux and testimonies.

“They’ve been listening to Klezmer music, singing and writing imaginary letters home from their chosen characters who escaped from Germany for their new lives in England.

“All of these activities will come together in a piece of street theatrewhich they will perform next Thursday.”

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