Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day - 2016

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S2 classes participated in library book talks, during January, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.  Holocaust Memorial Day is 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 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Our S6 Auschwitz Ambassadors, Sean McHugh and Sophie Finlay, joined the library book talks and captivated S2s with their experiences and impressions.  Sean and Sophie spoke about their trip to Poland and shared what they had seen at Auschwitz-Birkenau with the S2s, as well as how they felt afterwards. The S2 pupils asked lots of questions, which our student ambassadors answered and they also encouraged the younger pupils to speak to them any time in school, in the corridors and in the canteen, informally.

This was a memorable afternoon and the sessions finished in the library with Holocaust Memorial Day Trust UK’s podcast with Susan Pollock, survivor of the Holocaust.

The S2 classes, with Sean and Sophie, then went outside to the school memorial, to light candles and remember the millions of lives taken during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.