Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors?
Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children,
and their children to the next generation.
Book of Joel chapter 1 verses 2 and 3
To most of us it is known as ‘The Holocaust’. To the people of the Jewish faith, it has become known as ‘The Shoah’. but to the Roma and Gypsy people it is called ‘The Devouring’.
Between 1933 and 1945 the Nazis and their collaborators murdered millions of men women and children in a systemic and sometimes industrial process; individuals, families and whole communities were indeed devoured.
Within the bland numbers stands the startling fact that among the totals of victims lies the figure of approximately 1.5 murdered children.
To mark holocaust memorial month, the Alley Theatre are mounting a painful yet, necessary photographic exhibition of just some of the children and their stories.
Here are gathered not just a collection of photographs, but also some of their stories. Stories of hope and humanity, the kindness of people in the face of great threat to themselves. Of survival.
This is an exhibition which will wrench at your emotions, but is something you must see.