Bingley Grammar School

27.01.21

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and all our students have been learning about the Holocaust and other more recent genocides.

Holocaust-Memorial-Day-2021 IMG27th January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews and other people murdered in the Holocaust.

We also take time to remember those killed in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. This is a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony.

We as a school are lucky enough to have a friendship with Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh and his wife Jean who ordinarily would have been into school to speak to our students about his experiences during the Holocaust. Arek survived his time in two ghettos and several Concentration Camps, before being liberated at the age 16. Almost all of his family were murdered. Arek now shares his testimony and does everything he can to counter assertions that the Holocaust was just a ‘detail of history’. We very much hope we can welcome him back into school again soon.

This year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has chosen 'Be the Light in the Darkness' as the theme for this year to help us remember and honour the survivors.

This theme asks everyone to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021, Mrs Cartledge has set students a challenge to submit a photo which celebrates the people, groups, places and objects which bring us and others light in times of darkness. The competition reflects the theme, which encourages everyone to reflect on the dark depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

Winning entries will be displayed in school and on our website. The deadline for entries is Friday 26th February. Please can entries be emailed to HMD2021photo@bingleygrammar.org

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