Holocaust Memorial Day 2021
Every year on the January 27th we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The significance of the date is that it was the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest concentration camp in WWII, was liberated from the Nazi regime. We remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and importantly the genocides which have followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The Holocaust Memorial Day trust choose a theme for the commemoration and this year it is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. It is particularly poignant after the year we have all had.
Children at Lathom participate in a range of activities, which include reading testimonials from people who have survived genocide and reflect on how their lives has changed over time. They have designed foundation stones which Jews leave on the graves of loved ones. There will also be a weekly event linked to HMD, on Google Classrooms for children to participate in. We as a school, reflect on how, as a society, we must ensure that genocide will one day be resigned to the history books!
Please think of survivors of genocide on the 27th and be grateful for our democracy and the ability to live our lives as we want and to be the best we can be.
History Subject Lead
Due to the pandemic, we cannot join together as we normally would, so events can be accessed online. Please see below.
This year, Newham has organised a Zoom meeting where Ann and Bob Kirk BEM will share their testimony.
You can register on Eventbrite:
There is a link on this page so you can register to attend and join in lighting a candle at the end.