Thursday, 27 January, 2011
‘We carry on telling our stories because we were eye-witnesses. The most important thing is to tell people so this can never happen again’ – Ibi Ginsburg, Holocaust survivor
 
There are some stories from the Holocaust which we know. We are familiar with Oskar Schindler, who saved 1200 Jews from death and concentration camps because his remarkable story was told in the 1993 film Schindler’s List. For every story we know in this way, there are many millions more which we do not.
 
Now is the time for these Untold stories to be heard. Using the written or oral testimonies of survivors and the stories of their lives we open ourselves up to hearing the Untold stories of the families, communities and friends who were lost. We can use the story of the partisans, such as Jack Kagan as our inspiration to stand up for fairness and equality today.
 
On Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 we made Untold stories part of our safer future. We can share Untold stories with our friends, families and colleagues. We can make the lessons of these stories an inspiration for our behaviour. Where stories are missing, we can remember that millions of lives have been wasted and we can pay respect to those individuals. Moreover, we can share stories of the way in which we live today.
 
We live in an age where it is easy to share Untold stories. We can blog, we can record our stories and we can create artwork and media which is accessible to large audiences. Our stories can be shared instantly. We all have the power to play a part in the lives and words that are remembered. It is our role to ensure that the stories of the past do not get lost. We can join together to tell stories that enable us to learn from history, from the real stories of those who are no longer with us in order to create a safer, better future.
 
 
In 2011 we filmed 11 people with Untold stories. Watch the trailer for the film here, and watch all 11 films below.
 
Read the full theme vision

 

The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, and the First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland, light candles to mark UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2011. Commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, this film was shown at the national event in London on 27 January 2011.

 

Ali / 37

Ali is an asylum seeker and gay rights activist facing death threats for his work…

 

Appolinaire / 44

Appolinaire Kageruka is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide…

 

Astrid / 97

Astrid Aghajanian survived the Ottoman Empire’s systematic destruction of its Armenian population...

 

 

Hawa / 30

Hawa is a survivor of ethnic cleansing in Darfur, Sudan…

 

Margret / 94

Margret is a refugee from Nazi Germany...

 

Michel / 44

Fashion photographer Michel Haddi recently found himself the target of hate crime when a swastika was painted on his door...

 

Mukesh / 55

As head of the UN in Sudan in 2004, British diplomat Mukesh Kapila expected to see in a peace deal ending Sudan’s 20-year civil war.... Then he started to hear bad news from Sudan’s western region: Darfur...

 

Safet / 34

Safet Vukalic is a Bosnian Muslim and survivor of ethnic cleansing in Prijedor, Bosnia…

 

Simon / 72

Simon Winston is from the Ukraine. He is a survivor of the Holocaust…

 

Sokphal / 53

Sokphal Din was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After the city fell to the Khmer Rouge, he and his family were among those driven into the killing fields...

 

Vicky / 58

Chair of the East Notts Travellers Association, Vicky Botton describes her experience of discrimination and violence against Gypsies…