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Free Talk and Tour for Holocaust Memorial Day at Discovery Museum

Newcastle’s Discovery Museum is marking Holocaust Memorial Day with two free events focussing on Jewish heritage as part of Newcastle City Council’s Holocaust Memorial Day programme.  

On Wednesday 26 January there is a talk by the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Noreen Plen. Noreen grew up in North East England and will share the heart-breaking story of her parents’ Polish Jewish families, the Kurz and Waksman families, whose lives tragically changed when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. 

Kylea Little, Keeper of History at Discovery Museum said: 
We’re very pleased to be able to take part in this year’s Newcastle Holocaust Memorial Day programme; we’re looking forward to welcoming Noreen Plen to share with us the painful story of her parents’ and grandparents’ experiences of persecution and their courage in the face of unimaginable fear.  

“In the second event we’ll be able to share stories from the museum collections on a face to face basis to a limited number of people too.” 

Noreen Plen – Generation to Generation will take place in the Great Hall in Discovery Museum but can also be accessed online via zoom for those people who would rather take part from their own device. This event is free, booking is essential. [to book an in-person place see https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/events-discovery-museum/t-zvvxjq  and to book an online place see https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/events-discovery-museum/t-rmmado]  

The second event on Friday 28 January is Jewish life on Tyneside and the Second World War. This event is an exploration of Jewish life on Tyneside from the 18th century to the current day and will include a short gallery tour and object sharing session, and includes other stories from Tyneside life during the Second World War. Free, places are limited, booking essential. [Booking link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/events-discovery-museum/e-rmbbor]  

All booking links can be found on the museum website at www.discoverymuseum.org.uk.  

The theme for this year’s programme, suggested by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, is ‘One Day’ – 27th January – that we put aside to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides, to remember those who have been persecuted and killed and to raise awareness about the attitudes and behaviours that characterise, and lead to, genocide. 

Discovery Museum tells the story of Newcastle, Tyneside and the people who have lived and worked here, showcasing world changing inventions, innovation and Geordie spirit over three floors of galleries.  

Open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm and weekends 11am – 4pm Discovery Museum has a changing programme of events and has free entry, with donations welcome.