Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

School learns life lessons from Holocaust history

On Holocaust Memorial Day, the staff and students at The Radclyffe School took the opportunity to recall past suffering, while learning how to ensure such events do not happen in the future.

The school has established a tradition of eye catching and thought provoking displays within school in the days leading up to the annual commemoration. Posters exhibited this year have described the experiences of individuals in several countries around the world where incidents of genocide have taken place.

During History lessons, students in Years 7 and 8 considered the theme ‘How can life go on?’ As well as remembering the events and their causes in countries as diverse as Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and across Europe during World War II, students brought the issue up to date by considering how we can help and support people who have suffered and survived.

Students throughout the school have created the exhibit. They created artwork representing candle flames and answered the question ‘What are our responsibilities?’

Head of History Jan Parker said, “The display provides a striking focus for everyone to remember the terrible events of the past. The students have been thoughtful in learning about a difficult subject.”

The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. HMD 2017 asks audiences to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime. This year’s theme is broad and open-ended, there are few known answers.

Author and survivor of the Holocaust Elie Wiesel has said, ‘For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us about living.’

27 January 2017

students view HMD exhibit

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