Holocaust Memorial Day is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of the Jews and others who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution throughout the Second World War. It was first held in January 2001 and has been on the same date every year since – 27th January
At Etone College each year we commemorate this day and as a school have; been fortunate enough to be visited by Holocaust survivors, who bravely relived their stories for our benefit, created our memorial which all of our pupils have contributed towards and prior to the pandemic, supported our pupils in becoming Holocaust Ambassadors, travelling to a concentration camp to experience first hand the horrors of the time.
Last week, Dr King and sixth form students (our Holocaust Ambassadors) led House assemblies to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day. It also links into the Fundamental British Value which we promote at school of tolerance and mutual respect for others faiths and beliefs. Pupils also completed form time activities last week to reflect on the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 and to think about what they could do to remember those that lost their lives.
It is heartwarming to hear the thoughtful words of our pupils as they consider the horrendous conditions, heartbreaking stories of families broken up and the importance of spreading the word to ensure similar events never occur again.