Talk aims to give new perspective for Holocaust Memorial Day

20 January 2016

Two events organised at Cheshire West and Chester Libraries will give a new perspective on the Holocaust to mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.

Well-known Cheshire author and historian Anthony Annakin-Smith will be showing and discussing original correspondence written by prisoners while they were in the Nazi’s most notorious concentration camps including Auschwitz, Dachau and Buchenwald.

The talks will be held at Northwich Library at 5.30pm on Wednesday 27 January and at Little Sutton Library on Monday 1 February at 7pm.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “The talks will be fascinating and no doubt very moving. We’re very grateful to Mr Annakin-Smith for providing an approachable and extraordinary angle on what can be a very difficult subject.” Mr Annakin-Smith said: “It’s generally not known that some concentration camp prisoners had the right to send and receive letters. The talk looks at a selection of them, written in the most horrendous of circumstances, and the story of the letter writers. 

“As well as considering the moving stories of the letter writers I’ll also show extraordinary evidence of how the correspondence was sometimes used by the Nazis for propaganda purposes.”

For more information, contact Northwich Library on 01606 44221 or Little Sutton Library on 0151 339 3373.

Anthony Annakin-Smith


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