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College commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

Two students who were selected as ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust because of outstanding work they produced for their History A Level, led Havering Sixth Form College’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day last week.

Anna Donoghue and Becky Wingett were chosen to take part in the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project and become ambassadors in recognition of some fantastic homework assignments.

On Friday 26th January, they created a Holocaust Memorial Day display and table in the College Atrium to make other students aware of the atrocities of the Holocaust and of other genocides that have taken place around the world.

They asked students and staff to write on notes why they felt it was so important to remember the Holocaust, which they then stuck to a board.

They also handed out leaflets and stickers and put up posters and photographs from survivors of the mass murder of six million Jews during the Second World War by Adolf Hitler and the German Nazi party.

Prior to Holocaust Memorial Day the two students had attended a seminar and were taken on a day trip to Poland as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz scheme.

During the seminar they examined pre-war Jewish life and heard a harrowing and emotional talk from a Holocaust survivor. On the trip to Poland, they visited the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, and also a Jewish synagogue.

Anna said: “It was an experience I will never forget and has motivated me to try to do something to make a change.”

History tutor Penny Jackson said: “The project is challenging and can be emotional, but it is a great opportunity for the students and it really brings into focus the atrocities of the Holocaust.”

 

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