Survivor-Centred Visual Narratives

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 Lecture by Barbara Yelin

For Holocaust Memorial Day 2024, illustrator and graphic artist Barbara Yelin will be giving a lecture titled: “But I Live” – Emmie Arbel’s Illustrated Story of the Fragility of Freedom.

The “Fragility of Freedom” is the overarching theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day and explores the many ways that human rights such as freedom of movement, expression, and religion are oppressed and restricted by regimes of power. This lecture will explore the way that freedom and liberation are often entangled with ongoing experiences of grief, loss, and absence.

Barbara Yelin is a graphic artist working with the Survivor-Centred Visual Narratives Holocaust Research Cluster. She has worked closely with Holocaust survivor Emmie Arbel whose stories can be found in ‘But I Live’ and in the recent publication ‘Emmie Arbel. Die Farbe der Erinnerung’ (Emmie Arbel. The Colour of Memory) Barbara’s other publications include the award-winning 2014 book ‘Irmina’.

Thank you to the event co-hosts, the Institute for the History of the German Jews in Hamburg, the Wiener Holocaust Library London and the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester.


January 22, 2024 | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CET

Virtual event delivered via zoom

Admission is free but registration is required