Jesuit Centre recalls liberation of Auschwitz with Music Memorial Film

Next Monday, 27 January, will be the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp in the Second World War. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year and the occasion will be marked in Edinburgh by a showing of Holocaust, A Music Memorial Film From Auschwitz at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.

For many prisoners in Auschwitz, music played a unique and precious role. Several orchestras and bands were set up, made up entirely of inmates. Amidst all the horrors, music was a part of daily life: marches were played at the camp gates as labour gangs were led out to work each morning and musicians were called on at all times of the day and night to perform for the SS and Nazi officers.

A Music Memorial Film From Auschwitz provides a unique tribute to the millions who died in the Nazi genocide. It was produced by the BBC, with the collaboration of Polish television, ZDF, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was originally broadcast on BBC2 in 2005. For the first time in its history, the museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau allowed a number of leading musicians from around the world to come to the camps and perform in a 90-minute film shot entirely on location. A sequence of carefully chosen music, all connected in some way with the Holocaust, was interwoven with the powerful accounts of three survivors from the men's and women's orchestras.

Holocaust - A Music Memorial Film From Auschwitz is being presented by the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Group and the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Lauriston Street, Edinburgh on Wednesday 29 January at 7.00pm and on Thursday 30 January at 1pm. The showing in the Romero Room will be followed by reflection, discussion and refreshments. For more information, contact Angela Campbell 0131 228 1913.

The Lauriston Jesuit Centre is a work of the Jesuit Parish of the Sacred Heart.