“Keep the Memory Alive” Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

On Wednesday 28th January, 6 students from Year 10 History led a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly. When informed about the assembly, they felt that most of their schoolmates were already aware of the horrors of the Holocaust. Being keen historians, they decided that a powerful way to both highlight and combat intolerance would be to raise awareness of genocides which had occurred since the Holocaust, so that students could think about what steps we could take to prevent these events reoccurring. Hence, they chose to look at the Kurds in Iraq, the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Rwandan genocide. They then set about researching what actually happened during these atrocities.

Mr Henderson, their History teacher said “I was incredibly proud of the amount of hard work the students put in, and the respectful way they addressed these difficult and sensitive subjects. What was most pleasing was one week into their research. A number of the students approached me expressing concerns. They believed that we had been too presumptuous in assuming students were aware of what happened in the Holocaust as they had actually spoken to fellow students in Year 10 who were oblivious to what happened. So, they felt that they had just assumed, as students who had chosen to study History and had a clear passion for the subject, that others would share their passion too.”

Thus they decided to change the format of their assembly. They first introduced the assembly by showing the cruelty which underpinned the so-called “Final Solution”. Then, they talked about genocides which occurred since. The students left the assembly with a final thought for them to consider. “How should we remember?” Suggestions were given, and one student finished the assembly with a powerful thought, “We should remember by trying to ensure these things never happen again.”

We are proud to congratulate Nicolás, David, Dasha, Megan, Joana and Luca for their enthusiasm, dedication, and critical analysis of such a delicate and complex subject as the Holocaust. Also, we would like to thank them for their strong commitment to this assembly, an invaluable feature of the BSB Enrichment Programme.