On Friday 26th January, the Year 13 History students delivered an assembly about Concern for others to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. They reminded us that the day commemorates not just the Jews but the other groups that were murdered by the Nazis including the disabled and Gypsies. They also drew our attention to the on-going genocide in Darfur. They emphasised that genocide does not happen out of the blue, it is the result of the prejudice and persecution of a group seen as different to the rest of society.
The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is the power of words so we were asked to think about how words have been used for good an evil to discriminate, dehumanise and destroy but also to resist, protest and survive. We were reminded of the power our words have and of our responsibility to use our words for good today. We were asked to commit ourselves to doing something, however small, to stand up against prejudice in our communities.