Making more of Holocaust Memorial Day

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013
Warwick student Hava Kranat

Warwick student Hava Kranat

A student who revolutionised her university’s Holocaust Memorial Day activities says she “felt obliged” to help.

Hava Kranat was surprised when she first attended Warwick University’s HMD service two years ago and found it was a simple candle-lit vigil attended by around 20 people.

The 20-year-old from Golders Green, north west London, worked to increase attendances and provide a wider range of commemorative events.

After taking part in the March of the Living with the Union of Jewish Students, Ms Kranat made contact with Holocaust educators and university officials and set up an extended HMD programme.

A week of lectures and sessions planned by Ms Kranat took place at the university last month. They included a talk from a Holocaust survivor, a film screening and a two-day exhibition.

“Although it was stressful the week was a great success and it was a fantastic experience to be able to organise it. I’m glad that despite it being a Sunday nearly 50 people attended the candle vigil,” she said.

Interest extended beyond the university and the psychology student was also interviewed on local BBC radio.

“It was nerve-racking but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyable. It just goes to show that anyone can make a difference. I’m an ordinary person who was motivated to bring about change. Anything you want can be achieved.”

Last updated: 10:34am, February 14 2013