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Shropshire Libraries to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

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An artistic commission Moving Portraits will be on display for a day at Oswestry Library to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

Moving Portraits features six portraits of survivors of genocide who now live in the UK. The portraits show the survivors in their homes, holding a photograph or object that helps them to share their story. The images feature an element of movement within a still photograph and were created by artist Will Head.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council Cabinet Member for Culture, said:

‘For Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 we are encouraging people to come together to remember those murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On this day, we hope people will come along and take the opportunity to think about how they can connect with others within our community.’

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:

‘HMD is about learning from the past to build a better future; it is about promoting equality, respect and understanding. This year, we are asking people to share the stories of those affected by genocide, to ensure their legacies live long into the future and to keep the memory alive.’

For more information contact Mirka Duxberry (Library Commissioning Manager for Health & Wellbeing and Reading & Learning) on 01743 255031 or email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk. For further information on Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 visit www.hmd.org.uk.