Aberdeen marks Holocaust Memorial Day

An event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will take place at the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen this Sunday (January 30).

There will be a screening of the film, Night Will Fall, a 1945 documentary commissioned by the Allies and under the tutelage of Alfred Hitchcock that captured the atrocities in Nazi concentration camps.

Lord Provost George Adam will welcome those attending at a reception starting at 2pm, prior to the screening at 3.30pm.

There will also be a panel discussion event after the film, with Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Communities, Housing and Infrastructure, Councillor Neil Cooney, giving an introductory talk. Representatives from the Aberdeen Jewish Association and the University of Aberdeen will also take part in the discussion.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please contact Belmont Filmhouse Box Office on 01224 343500. Holocaust Memorial Day is today (January 27) and the theme for 2016 is Don't Stand By. The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root.

Whilst some actively supported or facilitated state polices of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently – at best, afraid to speak out, at worst, indifferent. Bystanders enabled the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides.