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York Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Event Online
Keynote Speaker, Lucy Adlington

Thursday 27 January 2022

6.30pm to 7.45pm

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This event will be held online. 

Join us as we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with a special online event featuring talks and short films reflecting on the Holocaust and the 2022 national theme, One Day.

Keynote Speaker: Lucy Adlington

York is proud to be welcoming author, Lucy Adlington as our keynote speaker. Lucy will reflect on her recent and remarkably moving book The Dressmakers of Auschwitz. The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive.

At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp - mainly Jewish women and girls - were selected to design, cut, and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers.

This fashion workshop - called the Upper Tailoring Studio - was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant's wife, and patronized by the wives of SS guards and officers. Here, the dressmakers produced high-quality garments for SS social functions in Auschwitz, and for ladies from Nazi Berlin's upper crust.

Drawing on diverse sources - including interviews with the last surviving seamstress - The Dressmakers of Auschwitz follows the fates of these brave women. Their bonds of family and friendship not only helped them endure persecution, but also to play their part in camp resistance. Weaving the dressmakers' remarkable experiences within the context of Nazi policies for plunder and exploitation, historian Lucy Adlington exposes the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich and offers a fresh look at a little-known chapter of World War II and the Holocaust.

Lucy Adlington is an author, presenter, and keen collector of vintage & antique costume. She writes both history-inspired fiction and fascinating social history books. Lucy's book is available, with signed bookplates, from our friends at Fox Lane Books. 

Hosted by the Lord Mayor of York and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, the York Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Event Online will also feature short talks by City of Sanctuary York co-ordinator and trustee, Paul Wordsworth and Adam Caplan, President of the Jewish Society at the University of York, as well as two short films.

“You didn’t think about yesterday, and tomorrow may not happen, it was only today that you had to cope with and you got through it as best you could.” Iby Knill, survivor of the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day is One Day that we put aside to come together to remember, to learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, in the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide. We learn more about the past, we empathise with others today, and we take action for a better future


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Greg Jenner: Ask a Historian

Tuesday 8 February 2022

In-person and online

Room RCH/037, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

University of York, 6:30pm



Join Victoria Hoyle and Greg Jenner as they talk though Greg's experience as the host of the chart-topping comedy BBC podcast You’re Dead To Me and what it is like to be a historical consultant to the award-winning TV comedy series Horrible Histories.

Greg will also be talking about his latest book Ask a Historian, which provides answers to things you always wondered about, but didn’t know who to ask. Bouncing through a wide range of subjects – from ancient jokebooks, African empires, and bizarre tales of medicinal cannibalism, to the invention of meringues, mirrors, and menstrual pads.

This event will be followed by a book-signing, with books provided by us!

About the speakers

Greg Jenner is a British public historian with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture. As well as being the host of BBC comedy podcast You’re Dead To Me, he is author of his new book Ask a Historian. Greg was made an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London and also does occasional teaching at the University of York.

Victoria Hoyle is the Director of the Institute of the Public Understanding of the Past at the University of York. She is a Lecturer in Public History and her research considers the ways in which people interact with the past in archives, museums and the media. Victoria specialises in participatory research and the co-production of historical knowledge, working with communities of lived experience.

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