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Holocaust Memorial Day

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Thursday 27th January marked Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi Death camp established during the Holocaust. It is a day where we are all encouraged to remember in a world scarred by genocide; six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside millions of other people killed by Nazi persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.


To encourage pupils to learn more about the Holocaust and other genocides the Canford Global Connections group produced a resource booklet and the library also put together a visual reading list with a variety of books, fiction and non-fiction, which explore genocide. As a school, we are committed to increasing awareness of genocide and oppression around the world, past and present.


The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was ‘One Day’. Holocaust Memorial Day is one day that we put aside to remember, in the hope that one day there will be no genocide. Pupils and staff gathered on the sunken lawn at 4.30pm for a remembrance tealight ceremony. This provided an opportunity to learn, reflect and remember. The light reminds us to ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’; encouraging us to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide. During the ceremony pupils and staff were invited to light a tealight and take the opportunity to read passages from the resource booklet. Some photographs from the ceremony can be viewed below:  


Rachel Lines, Head of History said:

The ceremony was a poignant time of reflection for staff and pupils. The poetry and testimony allowed us to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and served as a powerful reminder that it is up to us, and future generations, to remember the Holocaust in the hope that one day we will be free from a world without genocide.”