6 Million+ Charitable Trust
A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered in England and Wales
Registration number: 1157073
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
Board of Trustees
Brian Cross (Chair)
Tim Thornton (University of Huddersfield)
Kim Strickson (Project Director)
Antonia Stowe (Lead Artist)
Currently Fundraising for the Memorial Sculpture and Creative Learning Programme
Currently planning a range of Holocaust Memorial Day events 2016
To create a public memorial sculpture
A permanent, public sculpture in Huddersfield commemorating the Jews and other minorities(1) killed in the Holocaust, and continuing genocides(2).
With a connected programme of information, education and live events, exploring the connections between the Holocaust and the experience of persecuted minorities in the world today, especially those people who seek sanctuary in our community.
Note1: Other Minorities: The Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), the disabled, homosexuals, trade unionists, conscientious objectors, Jehovah’s Witnesses, opponents of the Nazi regime and the destitute.
Note 2: Genocide: The deliberate extermination of a minority. Genocides since World War II have taken place in countries including Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Iraq.
The Story of 6 million+
In 2005, we initiated a project to collect over 6 million buttons to illustrate the industrial scale of the Holocaust and other genocides. The public collection began in West Yorkshire, but word soon spread and many of the buttons were collected regionally, nationally and even internationally. Leeds based artist Antonia Stowe was commissioned to design the installation for Huddersfield Art Gallery. 6 million+ had a huge impact on visitors and toured nationally for the next five years to places including Ripon Cathedral and Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London.
The project has involved thousands of young people, community groups and individuals in the process of collecting buttons and thinking about genocide and discrimination. The installation included a film featuring conversations between Holocaust survivors and asylum seekers and poetry written in response to their experiences.
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