Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Seven Stories is joining with organisations from all over the region in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day 2021, supported by Newcastle City Council.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in 2021, chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, is 'Be the Light in the Darkness'. Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

We have chosen to celebrate and commemorate the extraordinary life of Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan, a passionate and courageous young woman who went undercover in Nazi-ocupied France during the Second World War to aid the French Resistance and report back to Britain. Sadly she was beytrayed, captured and executed by the Gestapo at Dachau concentration camp in 1943. We believe her story, recently turned into a book by author Sufiya Ahmed, and her incredible acts of bravery epitomise 'being the light' and deserve to be more widely known.

We are delighted that Sufiya Ahmed will be joining us for two very special events in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.

For schools: Explore the life of Noor Inayat Khan with Sufiya Ahmed


Join author Sufiya Ahmed on the 13th of January for a digital event exploring the thrilling story of British-Indian World War Two heroine, Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan. As part of this event, children will get to explore the secret language of Morse code that Noor used as a radio operator and secret agent in WW2. Inspired by this year’s theme “Be the light in the darkness”, children will be asked to create their own empathy resolutions in Morse code which will be compiled into a virtual exhibition.

The event
The event will be live streamed through a private YouTube link. This means children can join from school, or at home, with multiple classes joining in different rooms at the same time. The event will last approximately 45 minutes and include a presentation and talk from the author and a Q&A section at the end.

Our digital author events are planned in a way that allows your pupils to join both from school and from home either live or on catch-up. We want these events to be fully accessible to your school during these unpredictable times and will support you in integrating them into your school day, whether or not your pupils are able to attend school in person.

Virtual exhibition
Inspired by this year's theme we will ask participating children to write their own empathy resolutions and translate them into Morse code. We will then curate these resolutions into a virtual exhibition. 

This event is aimed at Y4, Y5 & Y6s in Newcastle schools and is free to attend. For more information or to book a slot for your school email the Learning Team at Seven Stories (learning@sevenstories.org.uk)


For everyone: Discover the life of Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan with Sufiya Ahmed

Join author Sufiya Ahmed on Saturday 23 January at 11am for a digital event exploring the incredible story of British-Indian World War Two heroine, Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan. Forced to flee Nazi-occupied France but horrified by the terrorisation of her homeland, Noor makes the brave decision to fight for what she believes in and returns to Paris as an undercover agent for Winston Churchill. Inspired by the theme of ‘be the light in the darkness’, Sufiya will tell us all about the life of this remarkable woman, what it was like to write her story, and encourage us to make our own empathy resolution.

This event is aimed at children 8+ and their families. It is free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance via the Seven Stories website 

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day visit www.hmd.org.uk. Find out about Holocaust Memorial Day events taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne at www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/holocaust-memorial-day-newcastle-2021.