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Holocaust Memorial Day

Two Sixth Formers shared their poignant family stories at a moving assembly ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Each year, we mark 27th January – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp, by the Soviet Army – as we seek to remember those who were murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent atrocities, and to stand against prejudice and hatred. Sixth Form students, Ariella and Amber, told of how their grandparents escaped from Germany and Austria, sharing their stories with tremendous courage and eloquence. We are grateful to them for speaking out, ensuring we learn from the past and understand the importance of challenging discrimination and racial hatred to build a better future.

History Teacher, Mrs Boyarsky, reminded us of the importance of focusing not on our differences but our shared humanity. “Be the one to hold out your hand to those in need – remember that everyone is an individual, a human being – not merely part of a group. Be the one who is not afraid to speak up and reach out and reassure those who sometimes feel under attack simply for who they are – and let them know you are there for them. And thank you for being such a kind and supportive community.” 


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