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CLS commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

Thursday, 04 February 2021

Last week, we organised a series of events to commemorate the annual Holocaust Memorial Day. The Head of the School’s Jewish Society writes:

“This year (JSOC) and the School have endeavoured to deliver, albeit virtually, a respectful and commemorative Holocaust Memorial week on the theme of ‘being the light in the darkness.’ We hope we have facilitated an insightful reflection for those looking to learn more about the Holocaust and the lessons we can learn from it today. Indeed, this year’s theme is of tremendous importance to us now; a time distinguished for most by its unprecedented difficulty, whether it be emotional, financial or other. A lesson we can learn from the surviving testimonies of the Holocaust, however, is a resilient mindset and willingness to help others.”

The first series of workshops were for Year 8 pupils. They looked at the Holocaust by studying the Memorial to Murdered Jews (Berlin), the Digital Memorial to the Jewish Community (Netherlands) and Holograms of Holocaust Survivors (USA). The Holocaust Educational Trust ran an online webcast for the Middle School. This interview with survivor Eve Kugler (b. 1931) focussed on the responsibility of the survivors to pass their testimony on to the younger generation.

Finally, there was a lunchtime talk with author Rose Whitehouse about her recent book “The People on the Beach: Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust.”

The School would like to express its gratitude to all those who ran events and gave up their time to speak. A special edition of the weekly pupil newspaper “The Citizen” was produced on the topic of Holocaust remembrance.

We hope we have facilitated an insightful reflection for those looking to learn more about the Holocaust.
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