Theme 2012 logo - Speak Up, Speak Out

Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

Friday 27th January 2012

Partners include UCS students, The Suffolk Jewish Community, Suffolk LGBT Network, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ipswich African Cultural Forum, The Hate Crime Initiative, The Wolsey Theatre, Ensemble, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College, Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – HMD Exhibition
In the Foyer of the Waterfront Building, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich.

11:00 AM - PLANTING OF ‘SOUVENIR D’ANNE FRANK’ ROSES.
in the Peace Garden, Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

Years after the war, Otto Frank, Anne's father, sent a dozen ‘Souvenir d'Anne Frank' commemorative rose bushes to a young Japanese girl, Michiko Otsuki, in Japan. All died but one. So, Michiko asked her uncle, Mr Yamamuro, for help.

Remembering the children he used to teach and his sadness when they were drafted so young to fight in the Second World War, Mr Yamamuro saved and grafted Anne’s rose, then went on grafting more and more roses. He sent the roses to schools all over Japan, so that children could learn about Anne’s story, so they would be ready to stand up against racism and injustice, and so they would never forget.  Souvenir d’Anne Frank roses now blossom and grow in the gardens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and every Japanese city, planted and cultivated by children – a symbol of peace and reconciliation.

The special commemorative planting of ‘Souvenir d’Anne Frank’ roses, sent especially from Japan by Mr Yamamuro’s son, will take place on Holocaust Memorial Day (27/01/12), attended by primary school children. Everyone is invited to attend

12:30 PM – ACT OF REMEMBRANCE
In the Lecture Theatre of University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Ipswich.

These are all open events and everyone is invited to attend.