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Holocaust Memorial Day

Each year we take part in the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. We use the year's theme, and reflect on what this means to us.
Here is the PowerPoint presentation used in this year's assembly, which some of the children have asked to be put on the website for them to think about at home. Also attached, at the children's request, is the story of the Peace Rose, which we think about each year as the rose blooms early in July.

What is Holocaust Memorial Day?

 

This is what the HMD website says:

 

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. It promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

 

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.

 

HMD is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. We know they learn more, empathise more and do more.

Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.

The Stockholm Declaration

 

Holocaust Memorial Day was created on 27 January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research. At the end of this meeting, all attendees signed a declaration committing to preserving the memory of those who have been murdered in the Holocaust. This declaration became the statement of commitment which is still used as a basis for HMD activities today.

 

Statement of Commitment

 

The statement of commitment for HMD in the UK was created after the Stockholm Declaration was agreed. It is a simplified version of the Stockholm Declaration, and includes a commitment to remember all victims of Nazi Persecution, and victims of all genocides. Many HMD activity organisers use this by arranging for participants to read from as part of their activity.

 

  • we recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning
  • we believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice
  • we must make sure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences. We vow to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocides
  • we value the sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil
  • we recognise that humanity is still scarred by the belief that race, religion, disability or sexuality make some people’s lives worth less than others’. Genocide, anti-semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue. We have a shared responsibility to fight these evils
  • we pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocides. We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt
  • we will continue to encourage Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day. We condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free, respectful, and democratic society

HMD themes

 

HMD 2019: Torn from home

HMD 2018: The power of words

HMD 2017: How can life go on?

HMD 2016: Don't stand by

HMD 2015: Keep the memory alive

HMD 2014: Journeys

HMD 2013: Communities together: build a bridge

HMD 2012: Speak up, speak out

HMD 2011: Untold stories

HMD 2010: The legacy of hope

HMD 2009: Stand up to hatred

HMD 2008: Imagine...remember, reflect, react

HMD 2007: The dignity of difference

HMD 2006: One person can make a difference

HMD 2005: Survivors, liberation and rebuilding lives

Open Day - Thursday 10th October 2019 10.30am - 7.00pm. We welcome prospective parents, children, and our school neighbours. Come and see what life is like in our school.
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