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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Holocaust Memorial Day Service

On Friday 25th January a group of eight Year 6 children, went on an Educational Visit to East Ham Town Hall to participate in the Newham Holocaust Memorial Day event as part of the History and PSCHE curriculum.

The key note speaker was Harry Olmer. He is a Holocaust survivor who has spoken at the HMD Ceremony in 2017. He endured a traumatic time during the war, in which most of his family were killed.

The children were so proud to see their postcards displayed at the event. These are part of an activity around the theme ‘Torn From Home’, whereby the children respond to a testimony of a survivor of genocide, by writing a postcard to them.

The children were surprised and honoured to speak to the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz. She asked about their thoughts on the morning’s events and how well they had read out their postcards. She has asked for an invite to our school!

The aspect that was most interesting was the living testimony of Harry Olmer, a survivor of the Holocaust. It is a tremendous honour to listen to someone who has been through such a tragic event. He is living history.

We are happy to have received a letter from the Mayor of Newham, thanking us for our attendance. Please find it attached, below.