To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day this week, students from Year 9 took part in a live talk from the Holocaust Educational Trust, which also included the opportunity to hear from and put questions to Holocaust survivor, Eva Clark BEM.
Eva was born in a concentration camp and sadly, she and her mother are the only survivors of their family. 15 members were killed in Auschwitz including: her grandparents, her father, uncles, aunts and her seven year old cousin.
The opportunity for students to hear from Eva as well as ask her questions was not only extremely interesting, but educational; putting a great many of the details of the Holocaust and events preceding and following the atrocity into perspective. Eva brought the reality of history to life in a very calm and respectful way – the children were captivated (as were the staff.)
Holocaust Memorial Day has been held on the same day each year since January 2001, following the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in January 1945. The memorial day offers everyone the opportunity to remember the millions of people murdered under Nazi Persecution – and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur. Between 1941 and 1945, six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazi’s and their collaborators; their attempt to murder all Jews in Europe shook the foundations of civilisation and it would be fair to say the tremors are still felt to this day.