Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2015 

S6 Ambassadors to Auschwitz and S2 pupils

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marked the 70th anniversary  of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

2015 is also the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

One of the ways in which we marked Holocaust Memorial Day was via the S2

Library Book Talks, when the books Once, Now and Then by Morris Gleitzman were discussed with pupils. Once is the story of the Holocaust told through the eyes of a child, Felix, who has been evacuated to a convent orphanage in Poland during World War 2 and is convinced his Jewish bookseller parents are still alive despite rumours of death and labour

camps. So, he sets out on a long and dangerous journey through Nazi occupied Poland determined to find them. 

Our S6 Auschwitz Ambassadors, Grace Carter and Michael Bowley, added to the talks and shared some of their impressions from their trip to Poland. The students talked about their visit and shared their photographs and answered questions from the S2 pupils.

All appreciated their valued contributions to these sessions.