Holocaust Memorial Day is not only a day to remember all those who suffered atrocities at the hands of Nazi persecutors but also subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. We can use this day to question human morality and to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own. It is a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.
Students from Years 9 and 10 took part in a collapsed day where they were able to connect with people’s personal stories from the Holocaust. To reflect on the death of six million Jews is quite an incomprehensible task and so through the study of individuals, students could build up a bigger picture of what happened and importantly begin to ask how and why it could happen. In the UK, the theme for this year is ‘Don’t Stand By’ and I believe this is an important message to get across to all of our students so that they can make the right choices and stand up for those who are being oppressed because of their beliefs, cultures or race. I hope many of us in the future can be like Sir Nicholas Winton who found out about the Holocaust and could not simply stand by and let it happen and as a result was able to save 669 Jews. Please follow the link to read more about Sir Nicholas Winton and how we can use him for inspiration in our own lives to do the right thing.
This Holocaust Memorial Day, Let's Remember the Difference We Can Each Make - Karen Pollock on huffingtonpost
Mr Jason Lincoln - Humanities Teacher